Voluntary Action Camden


There are many types of abuse or mistreatment that can happen within any organisation and it isn’t always obvious when a concern is a safeguarding issue, or what course of action should be taken.

This Guide has been developed to help you understand your basic responsibilities and actions you should take to help safeguard vulnerable adults and children. You can also check our Events calendar for the latest training, or take a look at latest avaialble funding to support children and families.


Are you a voluntary organisation, group or supplementary school delivering services to under 18’s in Camden? 

If so, please contact Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi at dogunyemi@vac.org.uk for safeguarding training, guidance and support on keeping children safe.  

If you run a voluntary organisation, it is very important that you are able to identify signs of abuse and mistreatment and know which procedures to follow. 

Inducting staff and volunteers on safeguarding training courses increases the level of professionalism and awareness around safeguarding within the organisation.

Training should be updated regularly to ensure all team members can recognise the signs of abuse and know how to report them. 

Safeguarding children: the DBS procedure

Children and young people are especially vulnerable to abuse. In the UK it is law that any organisation providing services to children such as childcare or after school activities must carry out full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on employees and volunteers, or any person who works unsupervised with children. 

The DBS checks are required for all paid and voluntary positions. Applications are made via the UK Disclosure and Barring Service which can be reached on the UK Government’s website. There are different levels of DBS check that can be obtained, ranging from basic to standard and enhanced checks. 

The Disclosure Service charges a fee for each DBS application which is subject to the level of the DBS application. 

Find out more about DBS fees and how to apply at GOV.UK

Members of NCVO can get up to 40 per cent discount on DBS application fees. See the contact details on their website to find out if you can apply for membership. 

Safeguarding vulnerable adults 

 Organisations providing services to vulnerable groups of adults by law must comply with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Protection of Freedoms Bill, ensuring that staff and volunteers have passed the appropriate level of DBS check. 

To find out more please contact: Camden’s Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board Manager, Patricia Cox patricia.cox@camden.gov.uk

Safeguarding Actions

What you can do now to improve safeguarding arrangements in your organisation to help make staff, volunteers, children, and young people feel safe:

  • Review / update your safeguarding policy annually.
  • Make sure staff are familiar with the policy and know what to do in the event of a disclosure.
  • Carry out safeguarding training for all new and existing staff and volunteers annually.
  • Ensure volunteers understand your policy and procedures of reporting.
  • Make your safeguarding policy visible to the public


Reporting Abuse:

If you think abuse or maltreatment is being carried out and you are worried about a child or young person, get in touch with a child protection agency using the following numbers or call the police on 999.

Upcoming safeguarding training

Safeguarding news and podcasts

Out of School Setting Podcast

  Podcast Link between VAC’s Safeguarding lead Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi, Suzie Yassin and Jane Murphy from Camden here: The National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE)...

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COVID-19: National FGM Centre Podcast

In our first series of interviews, VAC’s Safeguarding Lead talks to Leethen Bartholomew, Head of The National FGM Centre, about the rise in Domestic Violence and child neglect cases, emerging stories of...

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Dispelling the Myth

For the past 8 years I have been delivering training sessions on ‘Safeguarding Children’ and ‘Harmful Practices’ to BAMER community, faith groups and supplementary schools...

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Annual and Evaluation Reports

Here you can read online or download all the project Annual Reports and Evaluation Reports relating to the project since it began in 2007. Happy...

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Links and resources


If you’d like help with your safeguarding policy or other safeguarding issues then please send your query to Dianne Carlton Ogunyemi at dogunyemi@vac.org.uk and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.