Hope for Children is committed to preventing and protecting children from abuse, and promoting environments where children grow up safely with their rights upheld. To read our Child Safeguarding policy, please click here.
We come into contact with children primarily through:
- the services and projects of our Country Office in Uganda;
- projects delivered by project partner organisations in our other priority countries;
- fundraising activities, mainly in the UK, but also occasionally within our project areas.
At all times, we uphold our duty to not put children with whom we come into contact at risk of harm, and we respond to concerns about a) abuse of specific children and b) children at risk of significant harm. We achieve this by:
- Implementing a safe recruitment policy and procedures for everyone working with or for us;
- Having a clear Code of Conduct (available on request) for working with children, which our staff and partner organisations know and adhere to;
- Ensuring all our staff, volunteers, trustees, consultants, representatives, supporters and project visitors are aware of our child safeguarding policy and their responsibilities under it;
- Risk assessing our work in relation to child-safeguarding, and putting in place measures to reduce and prevent harm and promote the best outcomes for children in all we do;
- Having a designated Child Safeguarding Officer (CSO) in each Hope for Children office.
- Putting in place procedures for reporting and then responding to specific child protection concerns and breaches of the Code of Conduct/Safeguarding policy.
Our Child Safeguarding policy (link above) details our commitment and responsibilities towards child safeguarding.
You can contact our designated child safeguarding officer, Arpita De, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Board level, trustee and school teacher Georgina Irvine Robertson represents the child safeguarding committee; for any issues you cannot communicate directly to Arpita, please get in touch with Georgina via email@example.com.