Why safeguarding?

The need to create safer places

‘Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable.'  Proverbs 31:8

At thirtyone:eight we’re inspired by God's call to 'speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable' as described in Proverbs 31:8. We care about vulnerable people because we believe that's what God told us to do.  It's central to everything that we do and are, and will never change. Regardless of whether you share the same faith or not, we believe this call is relevant to everyone.

Over the 40 years we've been working, we've found that safeguarding can sometimes be seen as a burden, an enforced requirement that must be met, a legal box that must be ticked, but it is so much more than that.  At its heart it is about having a real and active concern for people, especially the most vulnerable in society, and ensuring that we are all creating environments that are safe, nurturing and that enable people to flourish.

It's also important to recognise that for registered charities working with vulnerable groups (children and adults), the Charity Commission expects robust safeguarding measures to be in place, and that trustees are held accountable for ensure their implementation.  Insurers will also often require organisations to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding.

Alongside this, we need to acknowledge that vulnerability isn’t always a permanent state.  Children grow up, circumstance change, so it is something that all of us will experience at different times in our lives.  The call to protect the vulnerable impacts every single one of us.

Safeguarding matters.  Together, we can do something about it.

 

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Who we are

We're an independent Christian charity which helps organisations protect vulnerable people from abuse.  Find out more about who we are and how we can help you.

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Creating safer places is what we do.  Find out more about how and why we do it, the vision that drives us, and the values we share as an organisation.

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