What is the Foundation? What do we do?

The Foundation was started by Dan's parents, Tim & Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, to try and prevent other families from having to go through the pain of losing a child, and to stop the damage done by drugs to young lives. The Foundation aims to do as much as it can to make young people aware of the risks of substance misuse and experimentation.We are working with young people, their teachers and their parents and carers, and with other professionals working with young people, in schools and colleges and through Theatre in Education. See our Drugs education and Drama pages for more information about how we're doing this.

As Dan's headteacher, Mr. Richard Parrish, has said,

"What has happened to Daniel is not normal. It is not normal that a bright, articulate, talented 16-year-old should be taken from us in this way. It is not normal that his school and, above all, his family should be grieving today for his loss to us. It is not normal that his year group and his friends should have to learn so soon in life how short that life can be."

Registered charity no. 1158921
The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation is a company limited by guarantee Reg. No. 08863937

H.M Coroner's endorsement of DSM Foundation

The inquest into Dan's death was held on 12 February 2015 at West London Coroners' Court. Unexpectedly, the coroner, Ms Sarah Ormond-Walshe, took the unusual step of exercising rarely used powers given to coroners to act to prevent future deaths, and wrote an open letter of support for the Foundation. She writes: - See more at:

"I wholly support the Foundation's mission to educate young people about drug use. All of their goals are noteworthy, and right, and achievable. In setting up this Foundation Mr and Mrs Spargo-Mabbs have an inspirational vision that has to be very much welcomed by all in society, but most importantly, sets out to protect young people from deadly dangers they may not appreciate... I wholly support this Foundation and have faith that its trustees will make intelligent and creative proposals in respect of saving the lives of young people such as Dan in the future."

Open letter from H.M Coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe to the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation
Letter from coroner for DSMF.pdf 
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The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation: Charity Objects

"Working with and for young people on substance misuses."


  1. To provide evidence-based and innovative educational resources and programmes, support and advisory services about substance misuse for promoting healthy, informed choices for young people.
  2. To work directly with young people, schools, families, professionals and the community in increasing awareness about substance misuse.
  3. To empower young people with the knowledge, life skills and confidence they need to choose lives free of substance misuse.
  4. To support initiatives to educate young people about substance misuse through partnerships with them, schools, families, professionals, charities, universities and other agencies.    

Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable young adults policy 

Nominated Safeguarding Person: Fiona Spargo-Mabbs 

Nominated Safeguarding Trustee: Suja Chacko 


The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We are committed to ensuring our safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. This policy aims to provide all members of staff (paid and volunteers) with knowledge of their responsibilities in relation to child protection and safeguarding, and the practical steps they need to take should a disclosure be made. For the remainder of this document all references to staff encompasses paid staff and volunteers including trustees.

The Children’s Act 1989 defines a child as being up to the age of 18 and up to 25 for children who have special needs.

This policy has been written using the legal and social care framework detailed in the following:

  • London Child Protection Procedures (revised guidance 2017)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children A guide to interagency working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children 2015
  • Children Act 1989
  • Children Act 2004

The purpose of this policy is to make sure that the actions of any adult in the context of the work carried out by the Foundation are transparent and safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable young adults.

If any parent or young person/child or young adult has any concerns about the conduct of any member of the organisation, this should be raised in the first instance with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, who will be the Safeguarding Officer for the purposes of this policy.

Those people in positions of responsibility within the Foundation will work in accordance with the interests of children, young people and young adults and follow the policy outlined below.

Those people in positions of responsibility within the organisation will ensure that the same opportunities are available to everyone and that all differences between individuals will be treated with respect.

In cases where the young person/child or young adult is working on behalf of the foundation in an organisation which has its own safeguarding policy, there will be a discussion between the safeguarding officers of the organisations concerned so that the action taken is cognisant of the policy requirements of each organisation. If a disclosure or concern is raised whilst in a school setting, the school and the DSM Foundation will agree who will make the referral, and the decision and action taken will be recorded and kept securely.


Policy statement - Children and young people

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive contribution and well-being
  • enable children and young people to be active contributors to our work
  • protect children and young people from actual or potential harm
  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child or young person is paramount
  • all children (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • The rights, wishes and feelings of children, young people and their families will be respected and listened to.
  • abuse of children can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to the child
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

Policy statement - Vulnerable young adults

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse
  •  encourage adults who may be vulnerable to be active contributors to the community
  • protect adults who may be vulnerable from actual or potential harm
  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We recognise that:

  • everyone has different levels of vulnerability, and that each of us may be

regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives

  • all young adults who may be vulnerable (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • abuse of young adults who may be vulnerable can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to them
  • working in partnership with young adults who may be vulnerable, their carers

and other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare.

We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:

In all our activities –

  • valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people and vulnerable young adults
  • fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards and boundaries for acceptable behaviour in working with children, young people and vulnerable young adults, in co-operation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and schools and other community groups
  • where practical, taking care that staff, workers and volunteers are not alone with a child or vulnerable young adult without alerting others to the reason.
  • The physical world and virtual spaces used in DSM Foundation activities are safe and secure and promote enjoyable and positive experiences.
  • ensuring at least 2 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked staff, workers or volunteers to be present during all direct work.
  • ensuring that all allegations of abuse against a member of staff, worker or volunteer is taken seriously, however minor, and are reported to the Safeguarding Officer.

In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers:

  • ensuring careful selection and recruitment of voluntary workers and paid workers with children and young people and vulnerable young adults in line with safer recruitment principles and checks. We will require enhanced DBS check for those who work directly with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults and standard checks for those coming into contact with this group but who do not directly work with them
  • we understand our “duty to refer” via the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO) any concerns regarding the conduct or behaviour of our staff or volunteers towards children and young people

In our training of paid staff and volunteers

  • All staff will have access to basic child protection and safeguarding training. Induction will include awareness of responsibilities including data protection and confidentiality, and their duty to raise any concern with the Safeguarding Officer and /or the school setting we are working with
  • The Safeguarding Officer ( Chair of Trustees) will take part in multiagency safeguarding training once a year and keep up to date with safeguarding legislation and guidance via the Croydon Local Children’s Safeguarding Board

In our management of paid staff and volunteers:

  • providing personal monitoring, supervision and  support

In our management of data and confidentiality

  • Ensure that confidential records are kept of any concerns about a child or young person and of any conversation or referrals to statutory agencies
  • Hard copies of records and any portable electronic equipment that holds or provides access to personal information will be stored securely and appropriate encryption used
  • Understand our responsibilities in relation to confidentiality if we consider a child to be at risk

In our publicity:

•  sharing information about good safeguarding practice with children, parents, vulnerable young adults, their carers, and all those working with them.

When concerns are raised:

  • responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person or vulnerable young adult may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm through abuse, harassment or bullying; or about the behaviour of an adult or child
  • referring via the DSMF Safeguarding officer and /or the school setting
  • our role is not to investigate but to record and refer via the local authority children’s safeguarding team
  • working with the appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into child abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of DSMF
  • challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.


We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.

Approval Date: 30 August 2017

Date of next Policy Review: 30 August 2018




Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation


1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

2. Who are we?

The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation is the data controller (contact details below).  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. What data do we process?

We will process some or all of the following data where necessary to perform our tasks

  • Names and titles;
  • Contact details including addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses;
  • Financial identifiers of regular donors, such as bank account numbers, and payment/transaction identifiers.

4. How do we process your personal data?

The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation complies with its legal obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public as specified in our memorandum and articles of association;
  • To administer drug education programmes, workshops and seminars;
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the Foundation;
  • To manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  • To confirm parental consent for Youth Ambassadors’ activities or those of other under-18 volunteers
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services.

5. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

  • Where we have your explicit  consentto communicate with you so that we can keep you informed about news, events and activities, and opportunities to contribute to the work of the Foundation financially or in other ways;
  • Some processing is necessary to meet legal obligations for example information required by HMRC to claim gift aid on donations;
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement.

6. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential. We will only share your data with third parties with your consent.

7. How long do we keep your personal data?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in legislation

Specifically, we retain gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 7 years after the calendar year to which they relate.

8. Your rights and your personal data 

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the Foundation holds;
  • The right to request that the Foundation corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date; 
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the Foundation to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office. 

9. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

10. Contact Details

If you have any questions about this privacy notice, or to exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints, please in the first instance contact Fiona Spargo-Mabbs by email at or by post to 18 Wyche Grove, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 6EX. 

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.