NSPCC safeguarding standards and guidance (England)

Last updated: 04 Sep 2018 Topics: Safeguarding and child protection

Safeguarding children, young people and adults aged 0-25 in the voluntary and community sector

This 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 checklist.

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.


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.