Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups
Our Duty to Care (ODTC) is a project of Volunteer Now which promotes standards and guidance for safeguarding children and young people, as outlined in Keeping Children Safe: Our Duty to Care. In addition, Volunteer Now also promotes the standards and guidance for adult safeguarding, as outlined in Keeping Adults Safe: A Shared Responsibility.
Keeping Children Safe: Our Duty to Care is designed to meet the needs of all organisations working with children and young people, in relation to developing good safeguarding practice. It provides basic principles which apply across the board from which organisations can develop their own policy and procedures in light of their own activities, structures and circumstances. The standards are recognised and endorsed by the Department of Health as a tool for organisations to measure their practice and to support organisations to continually improve and update their safeguarding practice.
Keeping Adults Safe: A Shared Responsibility contains standards and guidance for adult safeguarding. This publication will help organisations to review or develop their adult safeguarding policy and put in place all of the best practice to protect those in their care. From small voluntary and community organisations to larger organisations providing regulated services, Keeping Adults Safe:A Shared Responsibility will guide and support in improving their policy and practice.
Information, support and guidance
In addition to a range of publications on safeguarding vulnerable groups, and the availability of free, low cost and tailored training, the ODTC team also provide an information and support service on all areas of good practice in safeguarding vulnerable groups. The team are available to answer enquiries, provide information, guidance and support by phone or email.