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Child protection in Macedonia
In December 2018 the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation (PCF) commissioned Keeping Children Safe to provide support to their operational partner organisations. These organisations, based in different parts of the world, wanted to develop and strengthen their child safeguarding measures in accordance with PCF’s new Child Safeguarding Policy for Operational Partners.
Many charities in Eastern Europe that work with, or for children, are still not sufficiently aware about the urgent need of adopting child safeguarding measures, and embedding these in the work they do.
Whilst the first phase of this project was to ensure organisations had minimum child safeguarding measures in place, in the second phase Keeping Children Safe (KCS) provided remote assistance to help develop capacity within their partner organisations, and so to develop a robust policy framework.
One of these partner organisations was SEGA, which is the national platform for youth organisations in Macedonia. After more than 15 years lobbying they had succeeded in pushing for urgent changes in legislations covering: youth participation, information, employment, and activism.
‘SEGA developed it’s child protection policy in February 2019, with technical assistance provided by Keeping Children Safe. KCS’s assistance and guidance was very important for developing a precise and relevant policy that genuinely addresses potential child abuse issues. KCS helped us to ensure that all children’s rights are properly respected within the organisation. SEGA is very happy with the end result and appreciates the support provided by the KCS team. We would like to emphasise that their expertise and know-how would be valuable to any organisation wanting to improve the implementation of child safeguarding policies.’ Tomislav Gajtanoski, Resource Development Manager
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