Keeping children and young people safe in the voluntary and community sector Safeguarding and child protection resources for VCS groups and organisations

Teenagers playing poolEveryone has a responsibility to help keep children safe. If you or an organisation you’re involved with, work with children and young people, you need to have policies and procedures in place that will help you promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

It can be difficult to know exactly what you need to do to safeguard children, especially if you’re organising a one-off event or if you work in an informal or voluntary setting.

So we’ve put together a series of tools and guidance to help.

Are they safe?

Boy and girls smiling Our safeguarding guide gives practical advice to help anybody in the voluntary or community sector set up child protection policies and procedures.

It’s been written for leaders of a wide range of non-profit groups working with children and young people aged 0-18 in England, but may also be useful to groups elsewhere in the UK. 

It has 9 steps which walk you through everything you need to do to safeguard children, from developing a plan to putting it into practice.

Safeguarding standards and guidance

Boy jumping in a puddleOnce you’ve set up your child protection policies and procedures it’s important to keep reviewing and improving your practice.

Our Safeguarding standards and guidance help you make sure you’re complying with the relevant legislation and guidance about keeping children and young people safe.

They’re aimed at non-statutory organisations that work with children and young people up to the age of 25.

Download the Safeguarding standards and guidance (PDF)

Safeguarding tool

Girl balancing on wallOur safeguarding tool contains free resources to help you safeguard children and young people.

Use our self-assessment tool to evaluate your child protection policies and procedures and work out if there’s anything you can do to improve.

Browse our library of resources to access free checklists, templates and documents that you can adapt for use in your day to day work. 

Use our safeguarding tool

Faith communities

Multi-faith safeguarding hubOur multi-faith safeguarding hub gives information about how to approach safeguarding from within the beliefs, teachings and cultural context of faith communities.

As well as helpful and thought provoking films, its learning examples cover some common safeguarding concerns experienced by faith groups, communities or individuals with a faith background.


Visit the multi-faith safeguarding hub 

Safeguarding children in black and minority ethnic communities

Child smiling This resource is aimed at safeguarding facilitators and others working with families in BME communities. It’s designed to enable parents and other adults reflect on issues affecting children and relate these issues to their own experiences. It was developed in partnership with people from BME communities and can also be used by other communities.

Its three modules help facilitators start group discussions on issues such as: child abuse; parents’ rights and responsibilities; the roles of statutory and voluntary agencies; and sources of support for families in the community.

Training and consultancy

We offer face-to-face and online training on a range of child protection topics to help you improve your knowledge and skills.

If you need more specialist advice, our child protection consultants can work with you to identify clear steps your group needs to take to help keep children safe.

Find out more about our training courses

Training for small voluntary and community groups 

We've created a suite of face to face training courses specifically for small voluntary and community groups, all available at a reasonable cost. Bespoke training packages can also be created to be tailored for the staff and volunteers in your organisation.

For more information, call us 0808 800 5000 or email

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Related information and support

Child protection: an introduction - online course

Take this online training course and you'll learn how to recognise, report and record concerns about a child’s welfare. Cost: £20
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Safeguarding children

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Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)

Advice on child protection and safeguarding, draft policies, training, resources and toolkits for sports clubs and organisations.

Help keep children safe in sport


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