Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. On this page you can find useful resources about protecting children, young people and adults from harm and abuse.

Protecting and safeguarding people is a governance priority for all charities.

Government guidelines make clear that safeguarding is a fundamental part of operating as a charity for the public benefit and that trustees must take reasonable steps to protect from harm people who are in contact with your organisation.

At Hackney CVS we support organisations to understand the role that they play in protecting service users. We run safeguarding surgeries so that organisations can meet the safeguarding compliance requirements set by funding organisations, and we carry out DBS checks.

Risks to young people outside of the home 

Community awareness sessions

What can happen in schools, parks, open spaces, parties and social settings? As part of the Growing Minds project we want to enable more parents and community organisations to increase their awareness of the risks to young people outside of the home.

In conjunction with Hackney Council’s Contextual Safeguarding Project (HCSP), Hackney CVS will be delivering a series of community awareness raising sessions during March 2020, to assist parents and communities to increase their understanding and responses to risk and harm to children, young people and families coming from outside of their home.

We are recruiting members of the VCS to be trained at these sessions. The training will last for three hours and will look at:

  • how influential peers can be
  • the tell-tale signs and changes in a young person’s behaviour to look out for
  • the locations where harm and abuse can more easily take place.

The training will give participants the information they need to go out into the community to support community colleagues, parents and families in addressing risk outside the home.

If you are interested in attending this training,  please express your interest by email to: by Monday 16 March 2020.

Training will take place during the morning, afternoon and evening of Monday 23 March. 

Register here

Services and resources

We run safeguarding surgeries so that organisations can meet safeguarding compliance requirements.

We also carry out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for small organisations – checking the criminal records of potential employees or volunteers.

If you are new to safeguarding and want to carry out a health check on your organisation, click here.

If you are involved in safeguarding and have service users you are concerned about, it’s good practice to complete a safeguarding log sheet.

If you are interested in receiving safeguarding training – click here.

We have safeguarding champions who visit community groups during the day, evening and weekend.

Safeguarding referral stories. If you have made a safeguarding referral, the Adult Social Care team and City and Hackney Mind want to hear your experiences so that we can all work towards clear referrals pathway. Read more

A member of a safeguarding adults board comes to Hackney CVS on the last Thursday of the month from 1.30 to 4.30pm and you are welcome to come and meet them.

Contact Jahada Abdul, our Safeguarding Coordinator, for more information on these services:

Safeguarding resources, Hackney Council > Read more

Safeguarding resources, INEQE Safeguarding Group > Read more

City of London & Hackney Safeguarding Children Board  > Read more

London ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) > Read more

City and Hackney Safeguarding Adults Board (CHSAB) > Read more


How to protect yourself and report abuse

Safeguarding Adult Audit Toolkit

Safeguarding Health Check

VCS Safeguarding Log Sheet

Express an interest in the Adult Safeguarding Awareness course

Safeguarding Adults Referral

Tracking VCS Experience of Making Safeguarding Adult Referrals