Child Safeguarding, by definition, includes all activities an organisation undertakes to ensure that its co-workers, operations, and Programmes do no harm to children and do not expose them to the risk of harm and abuse; that appropriate responses and effective management of child safeguarding concerns are in place; and that any concerns the organisation has about children’s safety in its own Programmes and within the communities they work in are reported to the appropriate authorities.
At SOS Children’s villages, we concentrate on four main Child Safeguarding Principles:
2. CREATING AND MAINTAINING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT – PREVENTION: Provide guidance on how to safeguard children from abuse. The focus is on implementing suitable human resource recruitment and development approaches. Combined with this, it is essential that we listen carefully to children, take their views seriously, encourage them to participate in discussions on child protection issues, and offer them the opportunity to build trust-filled relationships. It is clear that child abuse is less likely to occur within a context that fosters child participation at all levels.
- The SOS Children’s Villages roots, vision, mission and values
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
- Experience and inputs of stakeholders from various SOS Children’s Villages Associations including children who are important stakeholders.
- The standards on child protection as defined by the Keeping Children Safe Coalition.