In accordance with the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child all children have a right to be protected from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. By implementing child safeguarding standards organisations can develop practices that keep children safe.
Keeping Children Safe seeks to influence others to adopt child safeguarding standards and where relevant to ensure organisations request those they fund to adopt child safeguarding standards too.
By working with members and other networks Keeping Children Safe is able to influence and lobby a variety of international organisations.
This document Keeping Children Safe: A toolkit for child protection provides the necessary standards and means of meeting them for agencies and organisations working with and for children.
It provides a good basis for the development of effective measures to prevent and respond to violence: from awareness raising strategies to safeguarding measures.
It offers an excellent opportunity not only for the improvement of the quality and professionalism of those working with children, but most importantly, it will help to achieve a greater impact for children.
Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro / Independent Expert for the UN Study on Violence Against Children
African Committe of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child - We have created a coalition of members to urge that all organisations working in Africa should take more seriously their responsbilities towards children. We are looking for the Africa Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) to show support by making a commitment to child safeguarding, to require that all applicants for observer status for the ACERWC show they have implemented safeguarding protocols internally and to question state parties about the legal framework for reporting child abuse and neglect, if the state party's report doesn't already contain this information.
Bi-lateral donor network – Keeping Children Safe facilitates a child safeguarding network with membership from bilateral donors. Current participants include: USAID, GIZ, Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, AusAID and Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada. By working together with governments we can advise and shape their child safeguarding work.
BOND Child Rights Group - Keeping Children Safe is an active member of the BOND Child Rights group. The group's overarching goal is to see children and their rights at the forefront of the UK's international development and foreign policy and practice. Its vision is of a world free of poverty, disease and injustice. See more at: http://my.bond.org.uk/group/child-rights
Influencing the World Bank
Keeping Children Safe is working with the Bank Information Centre (BIC) to lobby the current World Bank safeguards review to include child safeguarding.
The World Bank is under going a review and update its environmental and social safeguard policies. Current polices for investment lending do not include explicit references to the unique needs of children. The lack of requirement that borrowers specifically assess the impact that projects may have on children, means that there is often no examination or analysis of the risks that such project may pose to children. This results in a number of Bank funded projects which directly, or indirectly, result in significant harm to these most vulnerable members of society.
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Influencing sports organisations and hosts of mega sporting events
Sport poses a unique set of child safeguarding risks. Keeping Children Safe is a founding member of the International Safeguarding and Sport working group which aims to ensure children are kept safe in sport. Together with UNICEF UK, CPSU, Women Win, Right to Play, International Inspiration and others, the group has produced a set of eight Safeguards to make sport safe. These were launched at the Beyond Sport Summit in October 2014.
Keeping Children Safe is working with Terre des Hommes on a campaign to ensure increased awareness of the effects on children of Mega Sporting Events such as the World Cup. The campaign is collecting evidence of the impact of Mega Sporting Events on children. Keeping Children Safe has produce a guide for journalists, filmmakers and photographers to help them interview and record children’s opinions in a safe and professional way. http://www.childrenwin.org/