Working with the voluntary, community and faith sector

We are committed to working in partnership with the Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector in Wandsworth in order to raise awareness and standards around the safeguarding of children and young people, and to strengthen working links between this sector and statutory agencies.


The role of voluntary, community and faith organisations

Voluntary, community and faith organisations are some of the largest providers of services to children, young people and their families in Wandsworth, and therefore play a significant role in safeguarding. They offer a range of services including school holiday and after-school activities, art, sport and play opportunities, as well as religious instruction and cultural enrichment. Some organisations also offer family support, counselling and therapeutic services.

Improving safeguarding

If you are a voluntary, community or faith organisation or group working with children, young people and their families in Wandsworth, and would like any further information on the advice and support available, please email

For training opportunities, please use the following link: Multi-Agency Training Programme.

Policy support and resources

The WSCP recommends that all voluntary, faith and community groups use the Safe Network Standards, now administered by the NSPCC, in order to access advice, resources and templates, as well as checking your compliance with legal requirements.

Wandsworth Council Multi-Faith Group

The Multi-Faith Group was set up following discussions with faith representatives in Wandsworth after September 11th 2001. Since its first meeting in February 2002 it has met regularly and has organised an annual multi-faith event for local secondary school pupils called Faith Direct.

The group meets three times a year and is chaired by the Leader of the Council. Its membership reflects the main faith communities, as identified through the Census. The aims of the Wandsworth Multi-Faith Group meetings are to:

  • Update and inform representatives about important local developments and seek faith community feedback on them,
  • Explain the various consultation exercises planned where faith communities’ input would be helpful,
  • Discuss any issues of mutual interest, and
  • Provide an opportunity to resolve potential concerns or tensions quickly and effectively.

Administrative support is provided to the meeting by the Council's Policy Unit. The group does not receive any grant funding and all members attend as volunteers. 

For further information please contact