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If you are going to run a community group, you're probably going to need some guidelines that clarify how you work and most importantly protect your users. We've found some useful links to get you started.

Domestic abuse: A toolkit for employers

This toolkit is an invaluable source of support for all organisations.  It has sections on understanding the issue, taking action, case studies and a really useful resource section.  Domestic abuse is a hugely destructive problem and we have a collective responsibility to tackle it.

Employers have a duty of care to employees and a legal responsibility to provide a safe and effective work environment.  Preventing and tackling domestic abuse is an integral part of this and this toolkit, sponsored by The Insurance Charities offers guidance and support.

Equality and diversity policies guide (The Brighton Resource Centre)

A helpful guide to planning and writing an equality and diversity policy for small, volunteer-run community groups. This guide includes two examples.

equal-opps.pdf ()

GDPR (Whitefuse Media)

The current legislation on data protection and e-privacy is being shaken up and is set to change from 25 May 2018. In this post, Whitefuse Media set out the key requirements relevant to UK charities and voluntary organisations so that you can get ahead of the game and be confident you are fully compliant.

With a useful checklist, these blogs will set you on the right path.

Privacy Policy: GDPR-ready template for membership organisations | White Fuse 

And Data Protection Policy: GDPR-ready template for membership organisations | White Fuse

Safeguarding Children (Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board)

The Safer Programme provides advice, information and training on all aspects around safeguarding children, child protection, policies and procedures, primarily to the voluntary and community sector, but also to the statutory and private sector.

For a small affordable fee, this site helps you gain access to training and advice to ensure your organisation protects children using your services.

Using the Disclosure & Barring service (The Brighton Resource Centre)

DBS is one way to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, this is a useful guide to how the service works.

DBS.pdf ()