Last week, the Charity Commission published two revised guidance documents to support charities and trustees to consider the actions they need to take to safeguard people and protect them from harm. Links to the two documents are below, along with a benchmarking template that you can use if you wish. There is also additional guidance on the role of a Caldicott Guardian as well as further information on safeguarding policy and procedures.
The two revised documents from the Charity Commission are:
- Safeguarding for charities and trustees
- Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees
We have taken the recommendations from this document and created the attached ‘benchmarking template’. Age UK has used this to consider where we are against the recommendations; identify priority actions; and reassure Trustees about our work in this area. You may want to use this template to complete a similar exercise for your organisation.
Caldicott Guardian Guidance
If you receive funding from the NHS, a Local Authority or other public body to deliver health, care or carer support programmes of work, you may need to appoint a Caldicott Guardian.
A Caldicott Guardian is the conscience of an organisation, their role is to keep people’s data safe and to help guide decision making in relation to the way private, confidential information about patients and service users is used.
The attached guidance below provides further information about which organisations must appoint a Caldicott Guardian, any organisation that the guidance applies to is encouraged to be compliant by 2023.
An e-learning module on the role of the Caldicott Guardian has been created and can be accessed via this link. You should be able to access this for free if you provide services on behalf of the NHS. Most Local Authorities will also provide training for Caldicott Guardians.
Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
Following a recent audit of some local partner safeguarding policies and procedures, it was found that some did not reflect best practice or most up-to-date legislation.
All policies and procedures should:
• Reflect the Care Act 2014 rather than No Secrets (2000), this includes the definitions and language within the documents. For example, the term ‘vulnerable adult’ should be replaced with the term ‘adult at risk’ and the definition of an adult at risk should be taken from the Care Act.
• Include all 10 types of abuse and neglect
• Make reference to making safeguarding personal and the importance of listening to the voice and opinion of the adult at risk.
• Refer to the local authority processes and procedures.
• Include information on safer recruitment or refer to related policies such as DBS and recruitment policies.
• Include information on how to support with wider issues as listed by the Charity Commission such as bullying and harassment or include links to specific policies on these themes.