Child safeguarding is what every organisation that works with or for children needs to put at the heart of everything they do. Every day. They need to make sure their staff, operations, and programmes do no harm to children – ensuring that not a single child gets exposed to the harm of abuse. And that any concerns about children’s safety are reported to the appropriate authorities.
Preventing child abuse in organisations takes more than policies and procedures, it requires leadership, accountability and culture change. It means listening to children and transforming the entire mission of your organisation to put their rights, dignity and safety at the heart of every decision.
Is your organisation safe for children?
An overall approach to child safeguarding is rooted in understanding the risks to children from the organisation, (its staff, programmes and operations) and addressing those risks with robust measures that create safer organisations.
Acknowledging risks and implementing measures to address them is fundamental to organisations’ strategies and governance. The more this is recognised, the more risks can be prevented. However, even with the most robust child safeguarding policies and procedures, abuse may still take place from within your organisation. At that point, it is how your organisation responds that is crucial for the child and for the organisation.
To get a better understanding of how well your organisation is implementing child safeguarding standards, Keeping Children Safe’s independent, context-specific and culturally sensitive auditing service will give you an in-depth picture of where you stand.
If you need to investigate a serious child safeguarding concern, then you can count on our experienced investigators to support you. They have either a legal or safeguarding practitioner background. We can also work with you to review the handling of past cases to ensure alignment with current best practice.
For organisations that have already put child safeguarding at the heart of all they do, we can carry out certification. This will enable you to confirm to your staff, partners and suppliers that you have achieved compliance with the KCS standards. Achieving certification demonstrates to the world that your organisation has everything in place to protect the children you come into contact with from harm. And, should a safeguarding concern arise, you will have all the necessary policies and procedures in place to respond appropriately.
We are here to help
From assessments using the International Child Safeguarding Standards to providing experts that deliver high-quality audits and certification services to global organisations, Keeping Children Safe is here to help and guide you.
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 to discover your strengths and weaknesses, or for more advice and more information on how we can help you, get in touch with our team today.