War Child works to uphold the fundamental rights of all children - and we are committed to keeping children safe from harm and abuse. Children and youth are at the centre of everything we do - which is why we have robust policy procedures and practices in place to protect all children who come into contact with the organisation.
These policies and procedures are at the core of all our operations - and apply to all people who represent War Child in any capacity.
These efforts help to not only establish a safe environment for children who come into contact with War Child - they also serve to create a safe work environment for our representatives. Our policy framework ensures all incidents and suspicions of child abuse are reported and responded to. It also ensures that child safeguarding is paramount in all areas of our work - including organisational policies.
This Child Safeguarding Policy is divided into three parts which cover the four Child Safeguarding Standards as defined by Keeping Children Safe (KCS) - a global network of organisations that strive to ensure children are safeguarded and protected from all forms of abuse:
Part 1: The Policy – is in accordance with KCS Standard 1 - ‘Policy:
The organisation develops a policy that describes how it is committed to preventing and responding appropriately to [incidents of] harm to children’. This part is the core of the policy - and is reinforced by the Code of Conduct (see Annex 1) all War Child representatives must adhere to.
Part 2: The child safeguarding guidelines – is in accordance with the following KCS Standard 2 - ‘People:
The organisation places clear responsibilities and expectations on its staff and associates and supports them to understand and act in line with these.’ Standard 3 - ‘Procedures: The organisation creates a child-safe environment through implementing Child Safeguarding procedures that are applied across the organisation’; and Standard 4 - ‘Accountability: The organisation monitors and reviews its safeguarding measures’. This part provides further guidance on the child safeguarding considerations in all areas of work.
Part 3: the Annexes – Contain supporting materials referred to throughout this document.
The Policy is available in English, French and Arabic.