Safeguarding Lead Trustee

Safeguarding Lead Trustee

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Project / programme management
  • Safeguarding


Guiting Power, GL54 5TZ
Mainly at home


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
The board of trustees hold quarterly board meetings.


29 Mar 2024

Support the work of North Cotswolds Foodbank by volunteering for us as our Safeguarding Lead Trustee. Make a difference by leading on  safeguarding issues, policies, and safeguarding governance.


What will you be doing?

Safeguarding Lead Responsibilities:

  • To ensure that the Trustee board understand their legal and regulatory responsibility on matters of Safeguarding for the charity.
  • To ensure, along with Operational Management support, that all safeguarding policies and risk assessments are in place and kept up to date with the changing internal and external environment.
  • To continuously keep up to date with all safeguarding legislation/regulations, to be able to reflect these changes in the food bank centres/warehouse in the relevant manner.
  • Ensure that all safeguarding issues are reported to yourself for the trustee board to be informed.
  • Ensure that all relevant staff, trustees, or volunteers are suitably trained and aware of the correct process to follow if any safeguarding concerns arise, including how safeguarding officers raise a concern to the relevant authorities.
  • To regularly communicate to the rest of the trustee board v any relevant information, issues, and concerns as outlined above regarding Safeguarding.

Responsibilities (common to all trustees):

  • To collaborate with the Treasurer and the trustee board to ensure that North Cotswold Foodbank’s financial dealings are systematically accounted for and on time, independently examined (on income over £25k) and made publicly available when necessary.
  • Ensure your charity is accountable, actively complying with statutory accounting and reporting requirements and the law. 
  • To ensure appropriate financial plans are in place for future budget allocations as well as looking after contractual agreements with external partners that award money for core costs and additional projects.
  • To help promote North Cotswold Foodbank to a wider audience of potential funders, partner organisations, service users, and other bodies.
  • To ensure that North Cotswold Foodbank has appropriate procedures to comply with current legislation and good practice, including employment, health and safety, equal opportunities, safeguarding & GDPR compliance/data protection etc.
  • Act with reasonable care and skill, giving your time, thought and energy to your role.
  • Give good counsel and measured advice on any matter that requires it, acting in a collaborative, positive, and constructive way.
  • To serve as an additional promoter of North Cotswold Foodbank within the community.

What are we looking for?

  • A knowledge of, and commitment to, the work of North Cotswold Foodbank and the Trussell Trust. To be sympathetic to the ethos and principles of the Trussell Trust.
  • A strong knowledge of Safeguarding legislation and a charities responsibility.
  • An ability to lead on any safeguarding matters in a supportive and confident manner.

What difference will you make?

You will be leading on any safeguarding issues, policies, and concerns; ensuring that the board are aware and kept up to date as to the legal, regulatory and governance responsibilities of the charity regarding the care of all who interact with the North Cotswold Foodbank, including staff and volunteers.

Before you apply

Please apply through Reach in the first instance, providing a CV and cover letter detailing why you are interested in this role and your relevant experience. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an informal interview with members of the Board of Trustees at North Cotswolds Foodbank.

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