At Keeping Children Safe, we strive for a world where no child is abused. But we know that too many organisations are not taking responsibility to protect every child in their care. Before we started in 2001, there were no clear global standards to keep children safe from abuse.
Our members make us who we are
Which is why KCS was established as a coalition project, to help build a powerful membership network for organisations working together. Our founding members included: CAFOD, Childhope, Child Wise, Consortium for Street Children, Everychild, GCPS, HAP, Islamic Relief, NSPCC, Oxfam, People in Aid (now CHS Alliance), Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages, Tearfund, Terre des Hommes, VIVA, War Child Holland, World Vision.
Since then, we have become an independent organisation. Our members commit themselves to protecting children by developing and promoting our robust and comprehensive International Child Safeguarding Standards, which all organisations and their partners can and should follow.
It is our aim to keep growing our member network, enabling us to support organisations in over 120 countries around the world, ensuring that their staff, programmes and operations are safe for children, so that one day we will see a world where no child is abused.
Our associate members
AADS (Agency for Assistance and Development of Somalia)
AADS (Agency for Assistance and Development of Somalia) is mainly focused on education, health and nutrition, emergency relief and rehabilitation, livelihood, mother health care for communities in operational regions. Agency for Assistance and Development of Somalia-AADS has built its reputation at grassroots level as a visionary organization capable of working with communities mutually to alter the current course of conflicts and disempowerment at communal and individual level in the regions.
Aaskog Foundation is the world largest international parent-led, patient Charity for the X-linked Rare Disease Aarskog–Scott Syndrome.
Afrikids listen to local people and empower them to make sustainable changes themselves
so that every child in northern Ghana can be happy, healthy, safe and in school.
Baale Mane Trust
Baale Mane Trust is an NGO which works to empower disadvantaged girls by providing a home, education and holistic development to girls from rural communities surrounding Bangalore. Through a wide variety of programmes, from girls’ rights awareness to job readiness sessions to creative expression classes, the girls are enabled to live self-sustaining adult lives.
Book Harvest provides an abundance of books and ongoing literacy support to families and their children from birth and serves as a model for communities committed to ensuring that children are lifelong readers and learners.
Build Africa believes in the power of education to help end poverty. We work to give children the education they need and fight the inequalities that stand in their way. Find out about our mission, our history and our people.
Burj Luq luq
Burj Luq luq is a non-profitable developmental association which works to improve psycho-social reality and intellectual development of children and youth in the old town of the Old City of Jerusalem.
CBM (Christoffel Blindenmission Christian) i
CBM (Christoffel Blindenmission Christian) is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world
Cecily’s Fund is for orphans and vulnerable children, education can provide a route out of poverty: but for many, the cost of school fees is a very real barrier that prevents them from reaching their potential and having a better future.
CEDO (The Center for Education and Human Rights Association)
CEDO (The Center for Education and Human Rights Association) is a non-governmental association established in November 2011, with the aims to promote democratic value, respect for fundamental human rights and liberties and improve the access to education, culture and social development for national minorities
Cesvi operates in the most serious humanitarian emergencies around the world: complex situations caused by natural disasters or by human action.
Chance for childhood
Chance for childhood works to protect, educate and empower vulnerable children in Africa. With your support, we can achieve a world where no child is forgotten.
Child Hope believes that children should enjoy a safe and secure childhood, but for those growing up in the toughest circumstances, these rights are denied.
Child to Child Trust
Child to Child Trust is a pioneer of children’s participation. For nearly 40 years we’ve partnered with and trained the world’s leading agencies to equip children with the skills to stay safe, stay healthy and achieve their potential, no matter what life throws at them.
Church Mission Society
Church Mission Society believes every Christian – and ultimately every person – is called to join in God’s mission and has the potential to bring challenge, change, hope and freedom to the world.
Conacmi es una entidad civil, privada, no lucrativa, no religiosa, apolítica, educativa, cultural, de proyección social, con un alto compromiso con el desarrollo humano, privilegiando el interés superior de las niñas, niños y adolescentes, primordialmente de quienes se encuentra en situación de riesgo y vulnerabilidad.
Cornerstone India Foundation
Cornerstone India Foundation conducts psychological assessments for various disorders by trained professionals, and counselling sessions are held for various needs.
DeafKidz International is the UK’s leading organisation working to respond to the protection, health and well-being needs of deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and DeafBlind (D/Deaf) children and young people in low resource and complex humanitarian settings.
Defence for Children International
Defence for Children International is a leading child rights-focused and membership-based grassroots movement founded in 1979.
EDUCO es una ONG global de cooperación para el desarrollo y acción humanitaria que actúa a favor de la infancia y la defensa de sus derechos, en especial el derecho a recibir una educación de calidad.
Embrace the Middle East
Embrace the Middle East is a Christian charity with over 160 years’ experience helping people of all faiths and none to free themselves from a life of poverty and injustice.
Family for every child
Family for every child is a global alliance of local civil society organisations working together to improve the lives of vulnerable children around the world.
FENPS (Formal Education Network for Private Schools)
FENPS (Formal Education Network for Private Schools) is a non-profit and non-political organization registered in Somalia to support community education through the renovation of schools and building new ones for the sake of assisting needy children specially those from internally displaced people and impoverished families.
Fundacja Dajemy Dzieciom Sile (Empowering Children Foundation)
Fundacja Dajemy Dzieciom Sile (Empowering Children Foundation) od 1991 roku dąży do tego, by wszystkie dzieci miały bezpieczne dzieciństwo i były traktowane z poszanowaniem ich godności i podmiotowości.
Global Schools Forum
Global Schools Forum aims to strengthen the education sector by working with non-state organisations in developing countries who are serving children from low income backgrounds.
Global Teer has a vision of a world where human and animal suffering are minimised and the future of our planet is safeguarded by effectively harnessing the goodwill of people who share our vision.
Good Shepherd Foundation
Good Shepherd Foundation promotes inclusive and sustainable development for the most marginalized and vulnerable members of society and offers assistance to projects of the Good Shepherd sisters and their partners.
Help A Child
Help A Child is a Christian, international relief and development organization , founded in 1968 in The Netherlands. Help a Child provides a future for children in need, their family and their entire community.
Hintalovon A Hintalovon Gyermekjogi Alapítvány küldetése a Magyarországon élő gyerekek jogainak érvényesítése és támogatása. Célunk, hogy a felnőtt társadalom minél szélesebb körben vállaljon felelősséget és tegyen a gyerekek kiegyensúlyozott fejlődéséért.
Human Appeal implements projects across six themes. We ensure mainstreaming of gender equality, climate change adaptation and environmental protection, inclusion and protection throughout our project cycles.
Humanity and Inclusion
Humanity and Inclusion works in around sixty countries in emergency, reconstruction, chronic crisis and development contexts. Since 1982, the organisation has been working alongside vulnerable populations, in particular people with disabilities. Our combat is guided by HI’s vision, mission, and values.
Hunger Relief International (HRI)
Hunger Relief International is a Judaeo-Christian organization that works to improve and protect the lives of desperately poor children and families by building resiliency, fighting hunger, promoting family unity, and increasing self-sufficiency. HRI does this through direct programming and by raising public awareness.
In Hope Foundation
In Hope Foundation promotes the protection of children living on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata, amongst the most underprivileged in India.
ISOPS (International Society for Peace and Safety)
ISOPS (International Society for Peace and Safety) aims to educate young people through schools, community and workplace in peace, safety and human rights education, training and enlightenment programs with network of individuals and organizations with like minds, so they can become peace builders and human rights advocates to create a better world.
Kids Alive International
Kids Alive International has rescued orphans and other vulnerable and forgotten children in 12 countries around the world. Through the blessing of child sponsorship, these kids receive loving, holistic care and a quality education, helping break the bondage of hunger, abuse, and exploitation.
Kids Empowerment aims at the compliance of States with international law related to children and youth (0-25 year old) and most particularly the principles of the UNCRC and its Optional Protocols.
KIYO empowers children and youth to take charge of their lives and realise their rights. Together with its partners, KIYO
strenghtens life and technical skills of children and youth. This enables them to bring about positive individual and societal change as global citizens.
KKUK Alliance works in collaboration with NdaiZiva Capacity Development to identify and support orphaned children with school fees. Your donation will fund school fees; essential school uniforms and study materials as the guardians/family have insufficient resources. Traditional one-to-one child sponsorships can create jealousy among non-sponsored children, and in some cases lead to bullying. Our aim is for every child in the communities we work in to benefit from your generous support.
Link Community Development International
Link Community Development International envisages a world where every child in sub-Saharan Africa has access to a quality basic education. In over 25 years, Link has helped nearly 2 million students in over 3,000 schools in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda access a better quality education.
Mastercard Foundation believes that employment is a leading pathway out of poverty for young people and their families. In Africa, the world’s youngest continent, youth employment is a particularly important measure of poverty reduction. Africa’s young people are building a better future for the continent, but they cannot do it alone. We believe in their potential — and we are honoured to accompany them on their journey.
Misean Cara is an international and Irish faith-based missionary movement working with some of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in developing countries.
Moving the Goalposts
Moving the Goalposts is a sport for development organization that harnesses the power of sport to overcome social obstacles girls and young women face in coastal Kenya. We create a safe space for girls and young women to understand their rights and claim them — take up leadership roles and have a voice in the society. Tunaweza (We can!)
MMuslim Hands is dedicated to serving the most vulnerable people across the world by addressing the root causes of poverty and empowering communities. From addressing short-term needs to tackling long term issues, Muslim Hands works to alleviate poverty through a range of varied and important areas.
National Institute for Human Rights
National Institute for Human Rights focus on the promotion, development and protection of human rights, in addition to striving to consolidate the relevant values and awareness of such values, and ensuring that these values are practised freely and independently, in line with the Paris Principles – endorsed by the General Assembly of the United Nations .
Orphans in need
Orphans in need is a UK based organisation, supporting over 20,000 orphans and their families in 14 countries. We support those who cannot provide for themselves, delivering sustainable, long-term solutions to those in need. We offer regular food parcels, cover fees for education and healthcare and support orphanages abroad.
OSCAR Foundation uses football as a tool to deliver education and life skills sessions enabling children and youth to become role models in their community. Over the last 9 years, more than 12000+ children and youth in India have joined OSCAR’s Football, Education, and Young Leaders’ Programme. OSCAR Foundation is headquartered in Mumbai and has reached out to children in Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand.
PEAS helps children go on to have big lives. The best education builds people up. Education is not sufficient on its own to guarantee success, but it is the most fundamental foundation on which a child might hope to turn his or her life, into a big life.
Penny Appeal provides poverty relief across Asia, the Middle East and Africa by offering water solutions, organising mass feedings, supporting orphan care and providing emergency food and medical aid. Since then, the organisation has transformed lives and empowered communities around the world, helping to break the poverty cycle and build brighter futures.
Queen’s Commonwealth Trust
Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is a global family of fifty-four countries, home to 2.4 billion people, of which 60 per cent are under the age of 30. With digital and mobile technology, the Commonwealth is more connected than ever before through its young people, who are stepping up to take action and tackle the problems they see around them.
Railway Children provides protection and opportunity for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to. Every year thousands of children across the UK, India and East Africa run away or are forced to leave homes that have become unbearable through poverty, abuse, violence and neglect.
Skip Kids aims to develop and maintain sustainable, community-based projects aimed at improving the health, education and welfare of vulnerable children. The organisation also encourages the development of globally and culturally aware students who can advocate for local and international health progress as future professionals.
Trocaire supports the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland. The organisation works with local partners to support communities in over 20 developing countries with a focus on food and resource rights, women’s empowerment and humanitarian response.
Tzedek aims to reduce extreme poverty in some of the poorest regions of the world, driven by the expertise of the UK Jewish community.
United World Schools
United World Schools works in some of the world’s poorest regions to give every child access to free education. We partner with local communities and supporters around the world to teach the unreached. The organisation’s mission is to improve, through education, life opportunities for some of the world’s poorest children living in remote and marginalised communities.
Villages of Hope Africa
VMM International has placed thousands of volunteers on overseas development projects in the past 50 years, which has led to astonishing results for communities and for the volunteers themselves. The organisation helps volunteers of all ages to step into communities and get stuck into projects of real value to local people and their partnerships are with strong and well-established organisations.
War Child UK
War Child UK works to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war.
Warwick In Africa
Warwick In Africa believes that enhancing education in Africa is a direct route to liberation from poverty, and they have now reached over 465,000 learners in 12 years. Volunteering has a profound effect for those who take part. Volunteers consistently report that their resilience, teaching, communication, leadership and team building skills have grown, and many of them also find their vocation: before Warwick in Africa, 39 per cent say they would consider a career in teaching. Afterwards, 49 per cent plan to train becoming teachers.
Oxford PM was originally established in 1979 as the Food Supply Analysis Group. The organisation seeks to bring about lasting positive change using analytical and practical policy expertise.
Our full members
British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We were founded in 1934 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1940. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
CAFOD is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.The organisation reaches out to people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture.
CSIE (Centre for Inclusive Education)
CSIE (Centre for Inclusive Education) is a national charity that works to promote equality and eliminate discrimination in education. The Centre has been at the cutting edge of educational change for more than 35 years. In addition to producing a wide range of resources, CSIE provides training and consultancy nationally and internationally.
Child Fund Alliance
Child Fund Alliance is a global network of 11 child-focused development organizations that helps nearly 13 million children and their families in more than 65 countries. We work to end violence and exploitation against children and to overcome poverty and the underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work in partnership with children and their communities to create lasting change, and the participation of children themselves is a key component of our approach.
Compassion International works with the neediest and most vulnerable children that they can reach – the poorest of the poor.
Durham Partnership for Children
Durham Partnership for Children (the Partnership) is the convener and facilitator of Durham’s early childhood system. The organisation is committed to serving the needs of the community’s young children and families.
EDI Onlus All’interno di questo chiaro e definito campo di intervento, la cooperativa svolge attività educative, formative ed informative sui Diritti Umani dell’Infanzia e dell’Adolescenza.
Euro Child offre interventi di educazione, formazione, sperimentazione, consulenza e ricerca, centrati sui diritti dell’infanzia e dell’adolescenza. Il diritto per noi non è solo un contenuto formativo, ma anche e soprattutto uno strumento di relazione, come afferma la Pedagogia dei Diritti, nostro principale riferimento teorico e metodologico.
Hope and Homes for Children
Hope and Homes for Children was the creation of two individuals who believed that every child had the right to grow up in a loving family. Today, the organisation that Mark and Caroline Cook started at their kitchen table in Wiltshire in 1994, is at the forefront of a growing global movement to eliminate the institutional care of children.
Hope for Children
Hope for Children is an international charity working towards a world in which every child has the happy, healthy and positive childhood the organisation passionately believes they deserve.
Islamic Relief Worldwide
Islamic Relief Worldwide aims to inspire and enable people to respond rapidly to disasters and fight poverty through Islamic values, expertise and global reach.
Kindernothlife e.V. is currently supporting more than 2,1 million children in 32 countries. The organisation works according to the principle of helping people to help themselves, and are convinced that even the supposedly weakest members of society have the potential to pull themselves up and live a life of dignity.
Mothers Choice is a local charity that serves many children in Hong Kong who have no family and accidental pregnancy. We work with society to light hope and rewrite the lives of vulnerable girls and babies. Our vision is that each child has a caring home.
Save the Children International
Save the Children International directly reached over 40.8 million children in 118 countries around the world (2018), responding to 113 humanitarian emergencies across 58 countries and contributing to 30 significant policy or legislation wins for children’s rights.
SOS Children’s Villages International
SOS Children’s Villages International comprises 118 national SOS Children’s Villages associations. As members of the federation, each SOS Children’s Villages association is committed to applying the federation’s statutes, standards for quality child care, and stringent financial and administrative practices.
Tearfund works in over 50 countries to bring an end to extreme poverty. The organisation believes that everyone has the potential to create change. Their mission is to show people around the world how to unlock this potential and put it to use escaping poverty.
Terre Des Hommes International Federation (+Terre Des Hommes Foundation)
Terre Des Hommes is a network of ten national organisations working for the rights of children and to promote equitable development without racial, religious, political, cultural or gender-based discrimination.
Viva UK a is an international children’s charity passionate about releasing children from poverty and abuse.
War Child Netherlands
War Child Netherlands works exclusively to improve the resilience and well being of children living with violence and armed conflict. The organisation empowers children in everything they do, working to unleash their inner strength through a creative and engaging approach.
BOND connects, strengthens and champions a dynamic network of civil society organisations to eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
Consortium for Street Children
Consortium for Street Children is a global network of 100+ organisations, researchers and practitioners across 135 countries. The organisations unite to make the voices and views of street children heard on the issues that matter to them, and work tirelessly to protect their human rights. The Convention on the Rights of the Child outlines the human rights all governments are obligated to protect for all children. However, street children and homeless youth are often denied access to their rights.