Keeping people safe is everyone's business and should be at the heart of what we do.
VONNE are working in partnership with Catalyst Stockton-on-Tees, Connected Voice, Durham Community Action and Northumberland CVA, to deliver training and awareness raising sessions on the importance of safeguarding and highlighting the open access NCVO safeguarding resources across the North East, working alongside the region’s local infrastructure organisations.
The project is funded through DCMS and The National Lottery Community Fund.
Safeguarding through Covid-19
Keeping people safe through the Covid-19 pandemic is vital and not limited to protecting people from the disease.
As thousands of people volunteer to help their communities, organisations move to deliver their services online quickly, and trustees and leaders of charities are faced with challenges that just a few weeks ago would have been unthinkable, safeguarding needs to remain at the heart of our collective response.
The Safer Culture North East partners have been working to adapt our project to meet the specific demands of the current situation; thanks go to The Community Fund and DCMS for allowing flexibility in the project.
We have created easy to read factsheets for the sector, designed as brief introductions to the subject matter with links showing where to get further information for people and organisations who are new to safeguarding and having to respond quickly whilst facing enormous challenges. We will be creating more as required.
- Safeguarding for volunteers
- Safeguarding for online services
- Safeguarding for community groups
- Safeguarding for trustees
Digisafe is a step-by-step digital safeguarding guide for charities designing new services or taking existing ones online.
NCVO Safeguarding Resources
The NCVO resources will help you make plans and carry them out in your organisation. They include information on:
- Understanding the steps to doing safeguarding well
- Templates and tools to create safeguarding policies
- Safeguarding for Trustees
- What to do if you're worried
In addition, DCMS have designed an online tool which will help you decide on the correct course of action to take if you have received an allegation of abuse or harm perpetrated by a person in your charity.
The Safer Culture North East partnership is running virtual training sessions whilst lockdown measures are in place. Look at our events section for details.
North East Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships
Local areas have child partnerships and adult boards to bring together people from across the local authority, health services, police, and voluntary sector partners to ensure the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults is paramount.
Each area has information on their website that may be useful, including training programmes and information for professionals.
- Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership, including links to Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership and South Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership
- Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board
Durham and Darlington
- Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership
- Durham Safeguarding Adults Inter-Agency Partnership
- Darlington Safeguarding Partnership (covers adult and child safeguarding)
Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
- Newcastle Safeguarding Children Partnership
- Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board
- Gateshead Safeguarding Children Partnership
- Gateshead Safeguarding Adults Board
- South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Partnership
- South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board
- Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership
- Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Board
- Northumberland Strategic Safeguarding Partnership (Children)
- North Tyneside Safeguarding Children Partnership
- Northumberland and N Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board
The 12 statutory safeguarding partners across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland have come together in a voluntary partnership, bringing together safeguarding leaders. You can read their strategic intent for the year September 2019 - September 2020.