This section refers exclusively to Phase 1: Safeguarding resources for England.
We will fund an organisation or partnership of organisations to provide, develop, and coordinate a national and generic safeguarding package which will help organisations to:
- Increase their awareness and understanding of safeguarding* and safe culture**.
- Improve their safeguarding practice and safe culture by developing the right organisational culture and strong leadership.
- Support good decision making in reporting safeguarding/safe culture issues.
(*) safeguarding children and adults at risk (safeguarding)
(**) protecting charity employees and volunteers from bullying and harassment and sexual harassment (“Safe culture”).
We would want to see the successful applicant working alongside national bodies responsible for supporting the charity sector to build on their work on both leadership values and ethics, but also to utilise their reach and influence across the sector. This includes the Charity Commission, which is currently redesigning its guidance to make it more accessible for charities in England and Wales. The successful applicant will be connected with this work by DCMS and The National Lottery Community Fund.
We also would like to work closely with the successful applicant over the development of the project, to help link into the wider Safeguarding Programme.
Applying as a Partnership
We would strongly encourage applications from organisations working in partnership, where it is led by an eligible voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisation. This organisation will be our main point of contact on behalf of the partnership.
The lead organisation will have legal responsibility for all of the funding we award, and be financially accountable for any funds that are distributed to the partners. We will expect this organisation to ensure our reporting requirements are being met, agreeing appropriate monitoring systems and ensure they are being used by all those delivering activities.
Partners will work together to develop and manage the activities and will have a role in decision making. They can also deliver services for the project. Other organisations may be involved in delivering services for the project (i.e. as a supplier), but won’t have a role in steering its direction and will not be required to enter into the partnership agreement.
When we make a grant offer, you will be required to provide a formal partnership agreement. We will advise you on this if you are successful.
What we want to see:
Alongside the following principles, any package which is developed must be aligned with the Government Digital Service Standard.
Coordination of existing resources
This bid should look to build on the best of what already exists in the sector.
Designed with users in mind
We would like any applicant(s) to explain how they will work with charities to understand their needs, and develop a package which is most appropriate for the intended users of this training. In particular, we will favour bids from applicants who can demonstrate their experience in learning design.
Track record of delivery
We are looking for organisations or partnerships who have experience of providing safeguarding training resources to charities, and are able to provide some evidence of its impact on charities’ safeguarding practice.
Value for money
We expect applicants to apply for any amount which is required to do the work, up to a maximum of £570,000. We will assess applications on the basis of value for money.
Simple and easy to access
These resources should be freely and widely available to charities across England, and arranged in a way which encourages interaction from those organisations who struggle most with their capacity to develop good safeguarding policies and procedures.
Learning for future improvements
It is important that these resources are not only available to charities, but lead to increased reach across the sector and improve practice. We would like applicants to demonstrate how they will track their use and relevance to inform future development of the platform.