Safeguarding for community buildings and village halls
Community First Yorkshire are working with the ACRE Network to promote good safeguarding practice to village and community halls throughout England. We want to make sure that the voluntary management committees that run halls and community buildings in Yorkshire have the knowledge and confidence to provide a safe environment for all.
The aim is to improve the awareness of the importance of safeguarding, provide advice and examples of best practice to ensure management committees fully understand their responsibilities and current legislation around safeguarding, and have appropriate and proportionate policies and procedures in place.
The Charity Commission defines the safeguarding responsibilities of charity trustees, which is also best practice for non-charity voluntary committees as:
“Protecting people and safeguarding responsibilities should be a governance priority for all charities. It is a fundamental part of operating as a charity for the public benefit.
As part of fulfilling your trustee duties, you must take reasonable steps to protect from harm people who come into contact with your charity.
• people who benefit from your charity’s work
• other people who come into contact with your charity through its work
The Charity Commission will hold trustees to account if things go wrong and will check that trustees followed this guidance and the law.”
The resources below will help all village and community hall management committees be confident they are following best practice and are doing everything they can to keep the communities using their spaces safe.