NSPCC safeguarding standards and guidance (England) Safeguarding children, young people and adults aged 0-25 in the voluntary and community sector

Girl looking to cameraThis set of recommended standards and accompanying guidance will help non-statutory organisations in England that work with children and young people up to the age of 25, to put clear safeguarding arrangements in place.

They are aimed at voluntary and community organisations, as well as social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations that may not consider themselves to be within the voluntary, community and faith sectors.

The standards help organisations to take responsibility for keeping children, young people and young adults safe; have a practical approach; and comply with legislation and national guidance. They provide useful templates, examples, and links to further information, and are designed to be used alongside our safeguarding tool.

Authors: NSPCC
Published: 2017


Overview of standards

The first 4 standards cover these essential safeguarding areas:

  • safer staff and volunteers
  • child protection and protecting young adults at risk
  • preventing and responding to bullying
  • avoiding accidents and running safe activities and events.

Organisations providing a more specialised service to vulnerable children, young people or adults with care and support needs may also want to consider the last 2 standards:

  • recording and storing information
  • sharing information and working with other agencies.

Table of contents

Foreword 4
Acknowledgements 5
Introduction 6
What’s different about the 2017 edition? 8
What’s in the Voluntary and Community Sector Standards? 12
Standard 1: Safer staff and volunteers – recruitment, induction and supervision 13
Standard 2: Child protection 17
Standard 3: Preventing and responding to bullying 23
Standard 4: Avoiding accidents and running safe activities and events 29
Standard 5: Recording and storing information 35
Standard 6: Sharing information and working with other agencies 41
References 47
Appendix A: Notes 48
Appendix B: Section 11 requirements 56
Appendix C: safeguarding young adults at risk 60

Please cite as: NSPCC (2017) NSPCC safeguarding standards and guidance for the voluntary and community sector: children, young people and young adults aged 0-25 (England). London: NSPCC.

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