PAVO has received feedback that Children in Need is tightening up significantly around safeguarding and their expectations of organisations who apply for funding. We are aware of an organisation that was turned down for funding because they had not had training (this included the Board) although they had policies and procedures in place for safeguarding.
If your are considering applying to Children in Need for funding, you are advised to check the Fund's guidance for applicants which sets out Children in Need's requirements, see: http://downloads.bbc.co.
uk/tv/pudsey/A-to-Z-advice.pdf The guidance includes an expectation that applicants will be able to demonstrate that they: "ensure all staff, volunteers and management committee members receive safeguarding children training which is relevant to their role and updated on a regular basis".
For more information about Children in Need grants, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
programmes/articles/ 5ysD3mLQYYRPRLNZ032LjM7/ grants
If you are considering applying to Children in Need and require support to develop your application; need to develop or update your safeguarding procedures; or need to access safeguarding training, you can contact PAVO for support on 01597 822191 or firstname.lastname@example.org