Hall Management Committees have a duty of care as trustees of the charity to all those using the village hall. This includes all volunteers, staff and contractors undertaking work etc. All reasonable steps Village need to be taken to prevent harm, and to respond appropriately when harm does occur. Safeguarding policies and procedures, that everyone has read and understood, must be in place and used in day to day operations of the hall.
There are several important pieces of legislation that promote and safeguard children and adults at risk. The Care Act 2014 sets out the processes and definitions and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, provides the framework for The Vetting and Barring Scheme and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The Children Act 1989 and 2004 is also key but there are many other important pieces of legislation.
This Information Sheet is intended to guide and signpost village hall committees, so they are aware of their responsibilities and can take initial steps towards developing their safeguarding practices. Details of other resources and information can be found at the end of this Information Sheet.