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Catherine Edginton

Catherine Edginton

Safeguarding Lead,
Charity Commission

Cath Edginton joined the charity Commission as the Senior Safeguarding Lead and Casework Subject Matter Expert in January 2019. She arrived at the Charity Commission having retired from the Metropolitan Police Service after 31 years of service.  Cath was fortunate enough to have an exciting and varied career within the police service working on various fast moving squads investigating complex and serious crime. For the last 15 years 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 lead on the development of the Commission’s operational safeguarding capabilities by providing guidance and advice on policy and operational casework and to help deliver on the internal and external implementation of the Commissions safeguarding strategy. She intends to develop new and reinvigorate existing relationships with external partners in order to raise awareness of the Commission and to have an impact on how safeguarding issues across the voluntary sector are approached and managed.

  • Mapping the key safeguarding risks faced in volunteer-facing organisations and how the organisations can prevent these failings
  • Assessing how charities should manage risk around safeguarding and develop clear policies and reporting procedures to manage concerns
  • Exploring the role of the Charity Commission in monitoring and investigating safeguarding failures
  • Understanding the characteristics of successful safeguarding training and guidance for staff and volunteers