Invitation to tender for the provision of staff safeguarding training

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We are seeking an experienced professional trainer to deliver comprehensive safeguarding training for a charitable funder with approximately 30-40 staff across the Bridge House Estates charity

City Bridge Trust and City of London Corporation logos

Background

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates, a registered charity (Reg. Charity No. 1035628) for which the City of London Corporation is the sole trustee. Each year, the Trust awards or socially invests c£25m – 30m to charitable causes, in accordance with its Bridging Divides Strategy.

Bridge House Estates currently apply the City of London Corporation’s standard safeguarding policy to its work, but it is looking to create an updated bespoke safeguarding policy of Bridge House Estates covering all its functions.

City Bridge Trust’s vision is for London to be a city where all individuals and communities can thrive especially those experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation. Our mission is to reduce inequality and grow stronger, more resilient and thriving communities for a London that serves everyone.

The Funding Team comprises of circa. 30 staff, some of whom are relatively new in post. Colleagues from other teams may also attend training when appropriate, for example Corporate Volunteering Manager, and/or individuals undertaking grant assessments for our Corporate Trustee, the City of London Corporation.

As part of its commitment to continue the professional development of its staff team, and to ensure that our grant-making remains of a high calibre, City Bridge Trust wishes to engage with an individual or organisation to deliver training on the role that funders should play in ensuring best safeguarding practice within the organisations we fund.

We are aware of the work undertaken by the Association of Charitable Foundations and its publication Safeguarding Framework for Foundations and would like to receive direct training on the messages and implementation of the report for us as a significant charitable funder, as well as any other essential guidance for funders regarding safeguarding.

It would also be helpful for our staff, in particular those undertaking grant assessments, to hear advice on what they should be looking for when considering the efficacy of an applicant organisation’s safeguarding policy and how a funder can ensure the implementation of best practice across the charity sector in this key area.

City Bridge Trust aligns all its activities against its six PACIER values (Progressive, Adaptive, Collaborative, Inclusive, Environmentally Responsible and Responsible). In particular, we are keen to ensure that all our interactions with our funded organisations are conducted through an equity lens. It is therefore important to the Trust that we take forward safeguarding discussions equitably with all communities. The Bridging Divides strategy also places tacking issues of inequality, disadvantage, and marginalisation the heart of our funding priorities. Our public commitment to DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) can be seen on our website.

Tenders are therefore invited to deliver a package of annual online training on safeguarding for a charitable foundation for a period of three years. We would aim to build in an annual revisit to this training, whether as a refresher and/or introduction for new staff. There is then possibility of further re-tender every three years.

We expect around 30-40 participants for the first training session, if it is better to split it into smaller cohorts then this can be factored in.

Requirements

  • We are seeking professional safeguarding training with understanding of the voluntary and community sector and the role that funders should play in ensuring best safeguarding practice within the organisations we fund.
  • Strong understanding of issues of diversity equity and inclusion in civil society, from professional, learned or lived experience.
  • The training can be delivered by an individual or an organisation.
  • The session will be delivered online, using accessible and engaging platform(s)
  • Work with Funding Directors to design and finalise training session.

We are looking for a trainer who:

  • Has a track record of delivering high quality training sessions
  • Has experience of working with grant funders
  • Will consider different learning and communication styles in delivering the training

Next steps

If you are interested in finding out more about this brief, or submitting a proposal please contact Frankie Halsey, EA.Funding@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Proposals should be no longer than four sides of A4 and explain how you would meet the criteria and deliver the work, including any staffing allocation, an itemised budget, and your availability for delivering first tranche of training from Oct 2022. (Alternative proposal formats will also be considered – please contact us first for a chat).

Shortlisted bids will be invited for interview at which point we may seek references.

Closing date: 26 August 2022

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