Workshop: Developing/strengthening your child safeguarding policy

This workshop will give you the knowledge and skills to develop or strengthen a child safeguarding policy and procedures so that your organisation can fully meet its legal responsibility to protect the children you work with, or come into contact with, from harm and exploitation.

Based on Keeping Children Safe’s international child safeguarding standards, the workshop focuses on the practical aspects of drafting a policy that is adapted to your country’s legal and cultural context. You will gain a basic understanding of the various types of child abuse and how beliefs, values, and traditional practices can influence a person’s response to child safeguarding concerns. You will learn what makes a good child safeguarding policy, one that addresses both prevention and response. Finally, you will be given the tools and opportunity to draft your own policy step-by-step, or strengthen your existing one.

Who can benefit from the workshop?

This workshop is especially useful for anyone entrusted to develop or strengthen a child safeguarding policy, for example, trustee, director, or child safeguarding focal person.

“Thank you for the child safeguarding workshop. It was very informative, positively challenging and we are very happy that we finished with a good draft of a policy to take forward next year. We very much appreciated your knowledge and experience and also your support in adapting this to our needs.”    --Tian Bersey, Director, National Committee Development, United World Colleges (UWC)

By the end of the workshop you will have:

  1. Increased your knowledge and understanding of child abuse, and what is required to keep children safe

  2. Developed strategies and approaches to ensure high quality and consistent implementation of child safeguarding measures throughout the organisation

  3. Mastered the necessary tools, skills and knowledge to develop and implement a child safeguarding policy and procedures

  4. Written a draft child safeguarding policy fit for purpose for your country’s legal and cultural context

  5. Developed an action plan for implementing the policy throughout your organisation

Every bespoke workshop is tailored to your organisation’s needs. The programme description is an example of a typical workshop resulting in a draft policy and action plan.


Day 1

  • Definition and indicators of child abuse

  • What is meant by child safeguarding?

  • Mapping out your organisation’s contact with children

  • Managing risks

  • International and national legal frameworks that protect children

  • Keeping Children Safe’s international child safeguarding standards

Day 2

  • The key elements of a child safeguarding policy

  • Writing the commitment statement

  • Risk assessments

  • Safe recruitment

  • Code of conduct

  • Communications

Day 3

  • Managing child safeguarding concerns

  • Monitoring and review

  • Writing an implementation plan


If you have any questions or would like a free consultation, please contact Paz Redondo, Global Capacity Building Coordinator. Telephone: 44 (0) 207 250 8325; Email: