interesting news for charities which run shops, and those which collect items to be recycled to raise money.

Charity Retail Association launches safeguarding scheme

The Charity Retail Association (CRA) has launched a new safeguarding scheme that will allow its members to certify their charity shops’ approach to safeguarding.

The Charity Retail Safeguarding Scheme is a free member-only resource and is intended to be a framework to help charity retailers develop their own safeguarding policies.

The scheme was developed in partnership with Barnardo’s and based on the charity’s existing Licence to Operate scheme.

Details of the scheme:

  • Designed for any size of charity
  • The pack includes template documents and procedures, as well as training for shop managers
  • Organisations use these templates to match criteria, then can join the scheme, and display certificate
  • Covers safeguarding for staff, volunteers and customers

The scheme’s objectives are

  • providing charity retailers with a fit-for-purpose safeguarding methodology,
  • offering an example of best practice
  • increasing confidence in the sector

You can read an article on the Civil Society website, and see the full details of scheme on the Charity Retail Association website.


TRUST scheme for recycling firms that trade with charities

An accreditation scheme for recycling firms that trade with charities has been launched to improve standards in the industry. called TRUST, (Trader Recycling Universal Standard), the scheme will help to regulate businesses which collect door-to-door on behalf of charities, and take unsold items for charity shops.

Concerns have been raised in recent years over recycling firms that work with charities, with charity bag collection company Clothes Aid warning last year that the majority of collections in the UK were being undertaken by unlicensed firms, costing charities “millions”.

The five standards that recyclers will have to meet are:

  • Health and safety (ensuring that sound policies exist to prevent accidents and take appropriate action to protect staff when incidents occur).
  • Sound business practice (checking that everything the business does is compliant with the law and transparent).
  • Labour (requiring that all workers are treated properly and in full accordance with their rights).
  • Environment (promoting the best sustainability and environmental standards).
  • Transport (ensuring that all vehicles used are well maintained and appropriate).

Charities are urged to ensure that the businesses with which they work are TRUST accredited, and it is anticipated that audits of recycling businesses will start this month.

You can read an article about this on the Civil Society website, and find out more, on the TRUST website.