The ICS Standards and resources

The International Child Safeguarding Standards (ICS Standards) represent a commitment by organisations to “do no harm” when they come into contact with children, and that they meet the responsibilities set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to protect children from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.

Keeping Children Safe’s ICS Standards are recognised amongst others by the UK’s Department For International Development (now the FCDO), the European Commission (EC), USAID, and the UN

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the independent expert for the UN study on violence against children, acknowledged the importance of the ICS Standards. He stated that ‘[The ICS Standards] offer an excellent opportunity, not only for the improvement of the quality and professionalism of those working with children, but most importantly, they help achieve a greater impact for children’.

Standards that matter

There are four, globally recognised ICS Standards, now used widely in all sectors, that ensure best practices in child safeguarding, as well as better accountability for those who are using or benefiting from the services of an organisation. Each standard outlines the key elements that should be implemented to help you put child safeguarding at the heart of your organisation.

For more than two decades, KCS has published free open-source child safeguarding tools to help close child safeguarding gaps in organisations around the world. If you find our resources useful, please do consider supporting our work.

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The International Child Safeguarding Standards

This resource sets out the International Child Safeguarding Standards, outlining the four core standards that have been designed to assist organisations to meet their responsibilities for safeguarding children.

You can download PDF copies of the full ICS Standards document in English, as well as in French, Spanish, Arabic and Korean. 

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Understanding Child Safeguarding

This resource is for anyone with responsibility for delivering learning events or facilitating workshops on child safeguarding. It will help you plan and facilitate workshops for staff and associates who have little understanding of what is meant by ‘child abuse’ and what their responsibilities are to safeguard children.

The content is built around four essential parts of a learning event, each with its own sessions and exercises. Notes and handouts are also included for learning activities and background information.

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Developing Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

This resource will ensure that your organisation’s child safeguarding measures are robust, facilitate workshops with staff, support them in conducting risk assessments and develop strategies that reduce risk. It will also help with auditing current child safeguarding measures, as well as developing and strengthening child safeguarding policies and procedures.

Please note: This resource will soon also be available in German and Romanian!

Languages just uploaded: Ukrainian, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian and Spanish downloads!

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Management of Child Safeguarding Allegations

This resource provides an overview of how to manage incidents and concerns involving staff members, consultants, associates or volunteers from agencies or partner agencies. It is specifically targeted at more senior managers who hold designated responsibility for overseeing such investigations. It should complement internal child safeguarding policies, and procedures, and develop model investigation protocols.

Please note: This resource will soon also be available in German and Romanian!

Languages now uploaded: Ukrainian, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian and Japanese resources!


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KCS can take you through all the steps needed to ensure that your organisation meets the International Child Safeguarding Standards. From your initial self-assessment, providing expertise and high-quality audits, to achieving KCS Certification, we help organisations of all types and sizes to safeguard children. To find out if your organisation is doing all it can to keep children safe, start by using our free self-assessment tool that will help you discover your strengths and weaknesses.

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