We believe that children have the right to live, to develop, to be protected and to participate - and these rights are enshrined in all of our programmes. We are committed to their protection from "all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual violence" as outlined in Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Safeguarding and PESAH policy
Safeguarding is about keeping people safe. Specifically, regarding people War Child work with are safe from any harm which may be caused by or due to their interaction. The Global Safeguarding Policy and procedures underpin all our work and ensures that all children, youth and adults War Child interact with or work with are protected from harm and abuse. This abuse maybe physical, emotional, neglect, sexual or exploitation.
The PSEAH (Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment) global policy is an essential part of how this is done. This policy sets out War Child’s understanding that sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment is rooted in an inherent power imbalance. War Child is committed to building and maintaining an open, transparent, and equitable culture, as this is critical to preventing harm and abuse. These policies support the identification of concerns and promote how to report any safeguarding issues. They outline how War Child utilise a survivor centred approach to managing concerns, keeping the safety and wellbeing of all involved at the core of all actions.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and is taken extremely seriously at War Child. War Child has a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.
Code of conduct
Everyone deserves to be treated with integrity, dignity, and respect. To ensure that everyone who is an employee of War Child understands how they are expected to behave, interact with, and treat participants and each other there is a robust code of conduct. This must be adhered to by all. The code outlines what professional and ethical standards of behaviour are expected from our employees, interns, volunteers, partners, and anyone else contracted by War Child. Employees represent War Child not only during work hours but also in their private lives.
In support of War Child UK's Safeguarding Policy, please also read the PSEAH Policy below.