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Catherine Edginton

Catherine Edginton

Safeguarding Lead,
Charity Commission

Cath joined the Charity Commission in January 2019 from the Metropolitan Police after 31 years of service. Throughout her police service Cath has been involved in the policing areas of safeguarding and public protection working across a wide range of diverse and vulnerable groups to challenge crime and promote safeguarding. Her current role is to drive the external and internal implementation of the Commission’s safeguarding strategy and to develop the Commission’s operational safeguarding capabilities through the provision of guidance and advice on policy and operational casework. She intends to develop new and existing relationships with external partners in order to raise awareness of the Commission and to have an impact on how safeguarding issues across the charity sector are approached and managed.

  • Setting out the supervisory and monitoring role of the Commission and its approach in its updated safeguarding strategy towards charities working internationally
  • Outlining the key duties and responsibilities of charities and their trustees on safeguarding staff, volunteers and beneficiaries in countries outside of the UK
  • Sharing lessons for charities working internationally from the safeguarding incidents reported to the Commission
  • Providing an overview of the suite of measures adopted by the Charity Commission following allegations of misconduct and safeguarding failures across the voluntary sector and how this will impact charities working internationally
  • Highlighting how the Commission assesses risk before intervening when safeguarding concerns arise in countries outside of the UK