Everyone has the right to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect, exploitation, and harassment, without exception or regard for any personal circumstances or characteristics.

Applicants and grant holders

To apply for a grant, an organisation working with children or adults at risk (of harm or abuse) must show that it has a current safeguarding policy in place. At a minimum, this should include:

  • A named person who is responsible for safeguarding, and how to contact them.
  • Evidence that procedures are in place for Disclosure and Barring Service checks (or equivalent) on staff and volunteers. Evidence also that there are procedures to refresh these checks at reasonable intervals.
  • Clear, step-by-step guidance on what action to take if there are concerns about a child or adult’s safety or welfare.
  • Evidence that all staff or volunteers who have contact with children and young people or adults at risk¬† have access to safeguarding training appropriate to their role.
  • Evidence that there is a reporting procedure in place and that staff are confident and trained in how to use it.
  • Evidence that staff and volunteers will operate in an environment free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.

Our grant offer will contain an obligation to report serious safeguarding issues to us. We will discuss safeguarding when deciding whether or not to make a grant. We will also discuss safeguarding as part of our grant monitoring.

Trustees and staff

It is unlikely that Three Guineas’¬† trustees or staff will have direct, unsupervised contact with a child or adult at risk in the course of the trust’s work, but we recognise our responsibility with regards to safeguarding:

  • Three Guineas staff and trustees will ensure they are accompanied by a parent or responsible adult when they come into contact with children or adults at risk in the course of their work, for example on a project visit.
  • Staff and trustees who come into regular contact with children or adults at risk will have a Disclosure and Barring Service check (or equivalent) completed for their work on behalf of the Trust.
  • Staff and trustees will operate according to the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust’s safeguarding policy.

SFCT safeguarding policy March 2023 (13 pages Word document).

Safeguarding contacts

If you have a safeguarding concern about an organisation we fund, you may report this to us at:

If you have a safeguarding concern about a member of staff or trustee, you may report this at:

Last updated: 15 March 2024.