Safer Culture North East resources and training

Author: annelfry

Keeping people safe is everyone's business and should be at the heart of what we do.

VONNE is working in partnership with Catalyst Stockton-on-TeesConnected VoiceDurham 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.

Safer Culture North East has been working to adapt 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.


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:

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.

Safeguarding Training

Safer Culture North East 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 Valley

Durham and Darlington

Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

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.