Setting up and running a charity – policy paper

Safeguarding children and young people

How, by law, trustees of charities working with children and other vulnerable groups must promote their welfare and protect them from harm.


People a charity works with may be vulnerable to abuse because of their age, health or physical or mental abilities. This guidance explains how, by law, any charity working with children and vulnerable groups must safeguard them from harm. It covers:

  • what safeguarding involves
  • what child protection policies and processes should include
  • the Charity Commission’s role in ensuring charities follow the law