Safeguarding Training Fund - Phase 2

Paws for Progress

The Safeguarding Training Fund is a jointly funded programme developed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund (The Fund). It will provide £1.14M of funding over two phases until March 2022 to improve access to safeguarding/safe culture support materials.

Suitable for
Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations
Funding size
In the region of £50,000 to £115,000
Application deadline

No further applications are being accepted.

Image credit: Image credit: Paws for Progress, an example of a project funded for similar work under Medium Grants Scotland

Programme Intro

In Phase 1 of the Safeguarding Training Fund, the ‘Safer Social Sector Partnership’ led by National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) produced and launched a suite of free online resources to help charities improve their safeguarding/safe culture practices. The resources, which are available on the NCVO Knowhow guidance website, and are suitable for all charities big and small.

In Phase 2 of the programme, which launched in October 2019, six organisations were funded to distribute the phase 1 materials, promote and champion safeguarding/safe culture, and enable local networking and self-support.

The funding has been awarded to:

Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE) £115,000

VONNE will partner with four local infrastructure organisations in the North East to deliver regular training sessions, develop local safeguarding networks where needed, and share the NCVO resources widely.

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) £104,950

ACRE will use their network of 38 county based members to reach rural village and

community hall and share safeguarding materials and resources. They will promote the resources on their website, through newsletters and networking events supporting management committees and volunteers.

Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) £94,000

This project will be delivered in partnership with five infrastructure organisations in West Yorkshire and York - Community Action Bradford and District, Wakefield Young Lives Consortium, VSI Alliance Calderdale, Third Sector Leaders Kirklees and York CVS.

Working as a partnership with locally tailored delivery, there will be a particular focus on volunteer-led groups and those working with BAME and new migrant communities. They will distribute resources via peer-to-peer support, signposting and strengthening of existing networks to enable local networking and mutual support.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) £100,000

SCIE will support small faith-based organisations to access materials via regional workshops across the country, webinars and bespoke training courses. They will also work with user-led organisations supporting people with disabilities to devise a checklist looking at safeguarding governance and accountability.

The Federation of London Youth Clubs (London Youth) £76,641

London Youth will directly train and support youth workers, volunteers and trustees operating in grassroots community youth organisations across London. They will share materials with a wide cohort of organisations, through webinars and local peer safeguarding support groups.

National Association for Voluntary Community Action (NAVCA) £104,700

NAVCA will utilise its national membership base to share resources through communication materials, peer to peer learning within networks and awareness raising events.