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A safeguarding approach to grant making

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As a charity or foundation, you must make sure you’re doing all you can to keep people safe. As a grant maker, no matter what size of the grants, you must also make sure the people you give grants to are doing all they can to keep people safe.

The Charity Commission requires that you:

  • carry out due diligence checks on that organisation to make sure it’s suitable
  • check it has appropriate safeguarding procedures in place
  • make sure there are clear lines of responsibility and reporting between all bodies involved
  • have a written agreement or contract.

Helpful resources

  • If you’re new to safeguarding, you should start with what is safeguarding? This page explains why it’s important and contains what you need to know about why all charities must do safeguarding.
  • If you know about safeguarding and want to find out more about what you need to do overall, then use our getting started with safeguarding page. This maps our resources to the Charity Commission’s expectations.
  • If you already have a good general understanding of safeguarding, you can get started with specialist guides for funders. It comes in two sections. Being prepared for safeguarding helps you make sure your policies and procedures take into account the fact you make grants. Safeguarding in the grant making process has two sections that work through all the different things that should be in place to support applicants and grant holders.
  • Independent trusts and charitable foundations as well as other grant making charities (e.g. intermediary grant makers) can use the Safeguarding Framework for Foundations to consider their own internal practices and integrate safeguarding within their funding cycle (from the Association of Charitable Foundations and the Funder Safeguarding Collaborative).
  • Charitable trusts and foundations, intermediary funders, and funder networks can join the Funder Safeguarding Collaborative for free. Members can connect with likeminded funders, a range of support and training and opportunities to invest in initiatives to improve practice.
Page last edited Jun 22, 2021

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