Government trying to simplify the safeguarding system, charities minister says

Nigel Huddleston says safeguarding must be taken seriously but the system should not be too onerous for volunteers

Nigel Huddleston
Nigel Huddleston

The government is looking at how it can simplify the safeguarding process but understands the importance of getting it right, the charities minister has said.

Speaking at a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Charities and Volunteering in the Houses of Parliament yesterday, Nigel Huddleston said he understood complaints about safeguarding processes.

“Everybody needs to take safeguarding seriously because I’m afraid there are just too many incidents where, if we don’t keep an eye on it, bad things happen,” he said in response to a question at the session, which focused on the recently published Vision for Volunteering.

“I know there are a lot of complaints about it and I understand that. We are trying to simplify it as much as possible, but it is part of the required process.”

Huddleston stressed the importance of making sure safeguarding processes were right to prevent incidents from happening.

“It is part of something that we are having to deal with, but we shouldn’t be making it too onerous,” he said.

Responding to a question about the National Citizen Service, Huddleston said the scheme had evolved, after agreeing it had “lost its way a bit”.

He said: “It is doing great things, it has evolved and it is changing. It doesn't have the funding it used to have in the past but what we are doing is focusing it.

“It seems to be quite comfortable with its new role and, as long as it can prove it can deliver on that, I’ll be championing it.”

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