What does Hope for Children mean by ‘child’?
We go by the United Nations definition of ‘child’ as "a human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier". In all the countries in which we work, majority is attained at 18.
Who are Hope for Children’s beneficiaries?
We directly work in developing countries in Africa and Asia with children, young people aged 18-25 who have grown up in extreme poverty/are likely to become parents themselves, and parents struggling to support their children.
Does Hope for Children help children in the UK?
We are currently working on a project in the UK alongside Home Start and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This project is based in Knowsley and is focused on improving the speech and language development of young children in the area. In the past, we have supported children living in extreme poverty in Hertfordshire through a partnership with Dacorum Borough Council, and we have in the past partnered with Young Minds. We appreciate there is extreme poverty among children in the UK; we also know there are thousands of charities with expertise who are best placed to work with those children. Hope for Children was set up as an international charity, and international work remains our focus.
How does Hope for Children decide who to support?
We work in communities not currently supported by other UK charities - we want to support people most in need, and to complement rather than compete with other organisations. We also prioritise areas where there are existing local NGOs with the reputation, expertise, ability and drive to make an impact.
Do you have a Child Safeguarding Policy?
Absolutely we do – you can access it via our page on Safeguarding. Every staff member, trustee, volunteer and in-country partner is fully trained in how to implement it properly and it’s central to everything we do. We also have an in-house child safeguarding officer, and one of our trustees is a child safeguarding expert; she chairs our safeguarding sub-committee.
Can I read your accounts?
Our accounts are available here
Is there a Data Protection policy?
Yes - you can read it here