We are committed to making sure children are kept safe and that our staff never exploit the position of trust in which they have been placed. We are a child-focused organisation, and we expect that all our staff and partners are too.
We have zero-tolerance of any form of harm to children, perpetrated by staff, partners, or anyone else that we have given authority to, such as freelance trainers and researches, distribution committees and child protection committees.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was inspired by the work of our founder Eglantyne Jebb, says that all children have the right to be protected. This means that even in countries where some forms of child abuse (such as ‘smacking’, or child marriage) are tolerated, we require our staff to uphold the highest standards, and always act in the best interest of children. If they don’t, they cannot work for Save the Children.