How we keep children safe

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How we keep children safe

International Child Safeguarding Standards
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Every five minutes, a child dies from violence. Every day, in every country, children are abused, beaten, raped and more. Too often, the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts. They may even work for an organisation that’s meant to help children. A sports club, school, aid organisation or peacekeeping force. But they abuse their power and the child’s trust. Tragically, it’s children in already desperate situations who are most at risk. It could be a refugee child fleeing conflict. A boy or girl living in poverty. A teenager living with a disability. Or a Roma child facing stigma and discrimination.

What do we do about it?

At Keeping Children Safe, we strive for a world where no child is abused. But we know that too many organisations are not taking responsibility to protect every child in their care. Before we started in 2001, there weren’t even any clear global standards to keep our children safe. It meant that yet more children were exposed to abuse. So we hold organisations to account and check they are doing all they can to keep children from harm. Put simply, that means training staff to prevent abuse. Helping children and others report abuse. And helping to bring abusers to justice.

How do we do it?

We set tough standards to keep children safe across the world. These standards call for organisations of all types and sizes to implement rigorous policies, processes and tests to protect children from abuse. That could mean training staff to understand appropriate language and behaviour. Encouraging teams to run background checks on new recruits. And helping families and communities to understand what they can do to support young people. Because together, every day, we’re keeping children safe.