Funding for England-based not-for-profit organisations to share safeguarding resources and to cultivate a culture within the sector which puts safeguarding at its heart.
The £1.14 million Safeguarding Training Fund is part of a wider Government strategy to improve safeguarding practice across the voluntary sector in England. Phase one of the fund is currently supporting the ‘Safer Social Sector Partnership’ led by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) to design a national and generic online safeguarding training package – suitable for all charities big and small – to improve safeguarding/safe culture practice.
Phase two aims to make all charities and voluntary organisations in England aware of the importance of safeguarding/safe culture and to ensure they have access to the phase one materials.
It is expected that between five and ten of those organisations will receive grants ‘in the region of £50,000 to £115,000’ to support the distribution of phase 1 materials, promote and champion safeguarding/safe culture, and enable local networking and self-support.
There is a particular interest in VCSEs with the reach to support organisations less likely to have an awareness of safeguarding. This includes small, volunteer-led organisations, organisations in remote and rural areas, organisations not primarily working with vulnerable adults or children and organisations working in communities with multiple levels of deprivation.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest for Phase 2 is 23:59 on 21 July 2019.