Safeguarding practice in fundraising: six top tips

Richard shares his six top safeguarding tips.

The Charity Commission’s Statement of Strategic Intent 2018 – 2023 states that:

“Good works rely on goodwill.”

“Without the time and money given by the public and their tacit support for financial privileges, charity would be impossible. Goodwill in turn rests on an expectation that charities will do the right thing”.

Doing the right thing in fundraising is an essential element in achieving this.

Safeguarding is everybody’s business

Everyone has the right to live a life free from abuse and neglect, and we can all play a part in making that a reality. In our fundraising roles any one of us could come into contact with children and adults at risk from abuse and neglect. By preventing safeguarding issues from arising, and responding appropriately and thoughtfully to concerns, we help to make our society a better place to be.

It’s all about the people, people!

Consider each fundraising activity in terms of the people who will be involved. What do you need to do to safeguard employees, volunteers, beneficiaries, supporters and the wider public and prevent safeguarding issues from occurring? Will your fundraisers know how to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns? What checks and training do you need to carry out to ensure that those representing your charity are suitable for their roles?

Know your responsibilities

The Charity Commission is clear that safeguarding should be a key governance priority for all charities. This means that charities need to provide a safe and trusted environment which safeguards anyone who comes into contact with them, including beneficiaries, staff and volunteers. Staying up to date with new guidance, regulation and best practice is essential, adding a regular ‘what’s new’ slot on your fundraising meeting agenda can help you to do this.

Values & culture

Safeguarding is a simple concept at heart, but getting it right takes commitment from everyone, at every level of an organisation. Effective safeguarding only works within a culture where the values of the organisation are clear and there is a shared commitment to keeping everyone safe. Where staff and volunteers feel safe and valued they are much more likely to reflect this in their own practice and behaviours.

Reflecting & Learning

Good safeguarding involves continuous development and learning. Consider what went well and what did not in fundraising activity. Where complaints about fundraising are raised, make sure they are reviewed to establish whether there are safeguarding implications. Make it as easy as possible for anyone who comes into contact with the charity through its fundraising to raise a concern, or give a compliment!

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