War Child is a member of Keeping Children Safe (KCS), a global network of organisations striving to ensure children are safeguarded and protected from all forms of abuse. The Child Safeguarding Policy of War Child is designed to protect children who come into contact with the organisation and its partners from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect and commercial and sexual exploitation.
Our Child Safeguarding Policy ensures that War Child staff are aware of potential child safety concerns and engage in behaviour that prevents abuse. The policy also ensures that staff know how to respond in the event abuse occurs. The Child Safeguarding Policy is signed by and applies to all staff, volunteers, partner organisations, board members, ambassadors and representatives of War Child.
In 2015 and 2016 a Child Safeguarding Audit was conducted across the entire organisation to ensure our continued compliance with KCS standards. Particular attention was paid to boost awareness of child safeguarding issues among individual members of staff - both at head office and inside our countries of operation.
Eleven child safeguarding concerns were reported across 2016 as a whole. The incidents ranged between low and high risk cases. For privacy reasons no further details will be shared on these concerns. Reported concerns were investigated and accurate responses were provided.