Big Lottery Fund and ministers invite charities to deliver safeguarding fund

Voluntary bodies are being invited to deliver the £1.1m first phase of the Safeguarding Training Fund

Voluntary organisations have been invited to apply to deliver the first phase of a £1.1m fund to improve safeguarding among charities.

The Safeguarding Training Fund, which is jointly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Big Lottery Fund, has been established to improve safeguarding practice among voluntary sector organisations in England.

It comes after the initial safeguarding summit in March, at which the Charity Commission revealed it had received 80 reports of serious safeguarding incidents from 26 charities in the month since the Oxfam safeguarding scandal broke.

Expressions of interest to deliver phase one of the fund, in which an organisation or partnership of organisations will develop free resources that can be distributed across the sector, opened this week.

Interested parties have until 14 January to express interest. A maximum of three will then be asked to submit full applications by 17 February and the project will begin by the end of March.

Whoever is chosen must be able to spend 75 per cent of the total of £570,000 that is available in phase one within the first three months.

A second phase in the summer will see a small number of organisations funded to share the safeguarding resources developed during phase one.

Dawn Austwick, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said the scheme "will improve organisations’ access to safeguarding training, provide support and help embed good practice and awareness across the sector".

Organisations can submit expressions of interest here.

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