All safeguarding policies will follow a similar format and include key information and processes, and these are set out in the Use the Package section (pdf). However, the length and depth will vary depending on what activities the organisations are involved in, whether there are staff and volunteers and what kind of beneficiaries there will be etc.
Below we have provided links and example documents of policies covering several different types of organisations and activities to assist in the development of an appropriate safeguarding policy. For examples of complemantary policies please see the buttons below.
Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development and humanitarian assistance. BOND has recently published a suite of safeguarding policy templates to help organisations develop their own policies (BOND 2018).
2. Keeping Children Safe
Keeping Children Safe (KCS) is an internationally recognised organisation providing expertise on child (and adult) safeguarding in international development. KCS’ missions is to:
“work with organisations to safeguard all children from exploitation, abuse and violations of their human rights. [To] advocate for the universal adoption and monitoring of international standards on safeguarding, build the capacity of organisations to safeguard children and work to advance a global movement of organisations committed to ensure that their staff, operations and programmes do no harm to children.”
In developing this safeguarding package we have aligned with KCS proaches, and have permission to share their resources in this package. Below are links to several useful and informapative documents provided to help organisations design and create robust safeguarding policies and practices. Most of these documents have been written and produced by KCS, but others have been produced in consultation with third party organisations.
The Department for International Development (DFID)'s Safeguarding Unit has released a Sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH) Infrastructure Tool. It is designed for DFID advisers, programme managers and senior responsible officers working in the infrastructure sector, which has been assessed as a high-risk environment for incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse.
4. The United Nations Children’s Fund
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations programme providing humanitarian and development assistance to children and families living in developing countries. UNICEF is a large organisation and their policy documents reflect this. UNICEF does make its employee/volunteer safeguarding procedures available to non-employees, but a ‘Statement on Safeguarding’ (UNICEF 2018) can be found on their website.
5. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a large UK based organisation dedicated to preventing abuse against children and young people. The NSPCC has developed a sample safeguarding policy (NSPCC 2018) and brief advice on how to develop an organisational response to safeguarding incidents, which can be found on their website.
The Christian Blind Mission (CBM) is a large international organisation specialising in helping those living in developing countries and with disabilities, in particular blindness. The Child Safeguarding Policy of CBM (pdf) (CBM 2014) is available online and is an excellent example of a comprehensive policy that incorporates all the steps an organisation should go through (risk assessments, recruitment, code of conduct, behaviour and reporting procedures etc.).
7. The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund
The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) is one of the sister charities in the Caritas network. SCIAF’s work encompasses community building, agriculture, education and support, with a range of beneficiaries including children, young people, vulnerable adults and people with disabilities. The SCIAF Safeguarding Policy and Procedures (pdf) (SCIAF 2018) is available online, it covers all the potential contact an Alliance member may have and is very comprehensive.
8. EMMS International
Emms International is a non-denominational Christian charity with a focus on providing medical assistance to those most affected by poverty and deprivation. Emms International works in multiple countries and has many different kinds of beneficiary and staff, with a policy that is designed to cover this diversity. The Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy (Emms International 2018) is available online.
Oxfam is a confederation of 20 independent charitable organisations focusing on the alleviation of global poverty, led by Oxfam International. Oxfam has an excellent safeguarding policy (Oxfam 2018) that can be found online.
Gaia Education is a medium sized international (Scotland based) organisation focusing on sustainable development. They have a medium sized Board of Trustees, several staff members (UK based in in-country), and 142 partner organisations around the world. They have a comprehensive set of policies available online.
Link Community Development (Link) is a medium sized family of organisations “working to transform education for children and communities across impoverished rural areas” of several African countries. They have a large board and several members of staff based in the UK and over-seas. They have a comprehensive policy (pdf) available online that covers all their activities and beyond.
There are many small organisations with execellent safeguarding policies, which we will be uploaded as and when they are available. Please contact us via the form below if you have an example policy which you are happy to share with your peers.
This report provides the analysis of a small research project conducted by the Scottish Government and Scotland’s International Development Alliance with stakeholders in the international development sector.
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