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The #CumbreKCS2021 press update

Between April 20 – 22, Keeping Children Safe held their 2021 Summit on child safeguarding (#CumbreKCS2021) with the aim of bringing together Spanish-speaking practitioners, in particular from Latin America, to share challenges, experiences and knowledge in the region.

This first-ever conference in Spanish brought together 48 experts and over 900 attendees, who gathered online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Every year, organisations and institutions from around the world come together to exchange good practices on the prevention and response to violence against children in the context of an organisation that works with or for children. Regardless of the sector or context where it operates, every institution must have minimum child safeguarding standards to create safe environments.

At Keeping Children Safe, where we developed the International Child Safeguarding Standards, we promote open and continuous dialogue between organisations, both to identify common challenges by sector or region, and to share experiences and strategies.

The #CumbreKCS2021 brought together experts from national and international entities, including governments, regional networks and intergovernmental organisations such as the Council of Europe and the United Nations. In total a set of 47 events took place, including presentations and live question panels, all of which were viewed more than 13,000 times, which represents a total of over more than 94 days viewing time. The audience was made up of professionals from 59 countries in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania.

Child safeguarding is a responsibility that every organisation that works with or for children has. For this reason, the #CumbreKCS2021 covered various topics such as:

  • Creating a culture of safeguarding in the context of the Catholic Church and communities of faith in Latin America
  • Crises and conflicts in Latin America, UN peacekeeping missions and troop-contributing countries
  • Safeguarding in sports and particularly in football
  • Safeguarding in educational institutions and the context of COVID-19
  • Safeguarding in residential care institutions
  • Child abuse online and safe use of ICTs
  • Non-jurisdictional protection and migration processes
  • Experiences and tools for the development of policies and procedures in the State and local and international organisations, innovative ways to communicate them, managing incidents and support to partners


“It is very important that every person commits to upholding children’s rights. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary for civil society, governments and private sector to prioritise safeguarding and work to not put children at risk while we fight this virus. We thank SOS Children’s Villages Spain and all the people who supported the dissemination of our event: Vice President of Uruguay Beatriz Argimón, musician Rubén Rada, psychologist and writer Alejandro de Barbieri, and captains of the basketball national teams of Uruguay Bruno Fitipaldo and Florencia Somma.”

Sarah Blakemore
CEO of Keeping Children Safe

All content from the #CumbreKCS2021 remains available for on-demand viewing for another 12 months.

For more information and registration, go to https://cumbrekcs2021.heysummit.com/


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