Everyone has a role to play in safeguarding and making sure that we volunteer safely.

Creating safe and welcoming spaces for volunteers, where everyone is respected and valued, is key to safeguarding.

Sometimes you, or your volunteers may see something that concerns you. We’ve created a series of resources to reduce risk and inform you on what steps to take, and what signs to look out for.

These signs don’t always mean that someone in a household is at risk or being harmed, but they are indicators of abuse so are important to be aware of what to look for, so they can be noted and sent them to a volunteer lead and your local safeguarding teams.

Government Factsheet on DBS checks – 25 March 2020

We’ll keep adding resources here, and updating in line with the latest government and NHS advice.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you get the latest updates so you or your groups can volunteer safely.

Check out A quick guide to virtual fundraising – April 2020 created by our Income Generation team, which may help you during the pandemic.

There are also useful resources and guidance available for charities and voluntary organisations from

National Council of Voluntary Organisations

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Muslim Charities Forum

If you have any other questions not answered here, then just get in touch and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you are organising volunteering activity, we recommend you contact your local volunteer centre:

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action

Volunteer Scotland

Wales Council for Voluntary Action

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