This set of recommended standards and accompanying guidance will help non-statutory organisations in the UK that work with children and young people up to the age of 18 to put clear safeguarding arrangements in place.
They are aimed at voluntary, community and faith organisations and groups. They may also be helpful for others working with children and young people such as social enterprises, not-for-profit organisations and small enterprises.
This new version updates and replaces the previous standards and guidance published in 2017.
The Standards help organisations take responsibility for keeping children and young people safe, minimise risk and comply with legislation and national guidance. They offer a realistic and practical approach, providing useful templates, examples and links to further information.
Groups and organisations that have not yet put safeguarding measures in place, or who need to review these, should first refer to the Introductory guide to safeguarding and child protection for the voluntary and community sector. The Standards are also designed to be used alongside our self-assessment tool.
The Standards cover the following safeguarding areas:
Please cite as: NSPCC (2019) NSPCC safeguarding and child protection standards for the voluntary and community sector: children, young people and young adults aged 0-18 (UK). London: NSPCC.
Our free online tool helps you audit your school or organisation’s current safeguarding arrangements, supporting you to make any changes and identify areas for development.
A step-by-step approach to help you set up safeguarding and child protection measures. For voluntary, community and faith organisations and groups working with children and young people aged 0-18.
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