Advocacy and research

We don’t just help organisations embed rigorous international child safeguarding standards into their everyday operations. Through research, we also influence the policies and actions of governments, international institutes and the corporate sector, mobilising and driving them on to enact these standards. In this way Keeping Children Safe creates real change, transforming the lives of children. 

In short: Everything we do is about helping to protect children around the world from exploitation and abuse.

Our advocacy

We create change and influence others by building on the insights generated by our work for children, their families, the people that work with and alongside children, those that are dedicated to preventing child abuse from happening – and those who investigate when an incident of abuse is suspected.

We know that we can only achieve success and the scale of impact needed to make children safe is by challenging governments and organisations with the power and resources to influence and change their policies and practices on child safeguarding.

A snapshot of our work

  • We champion effective UK foreign assistance funding through the Department for International Development (DfID)
  • We engage the United Nations to ensure that refugee children are protected in humanitarian emergencies
  • We develop evidence-based policy proposals based on research, to influence decision-making at the highest levels
  • We work with others to  inform policymakers and build the political will to drive meaningful change at local, national and international levels
  • The evidence for our research and advocacy work is generated by our programmes in 120 countries, from organisations within our member network, and from government and the corporate sector sources

Explore our advocacy 

We work in over 120 countries around the world. Read more about our case studies and the regions we work in, and the expertise that we have been developing in different sectors.


We are here to help

KCS can take you through all the steps needed to ensure that your organisation meets these 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 raise their understanding on how 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 to discover your strengths and weaknesses.

Or, for more advice and information on how we can help you, please do get in touch with our team today.

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