Child Safeguarding is Not a Choice.
It is a Responsibility.
Let’s be honest, despite our best efforts, we can’t be with our children all the time.
Many children have both parents working, or they come from single-parent families who depend on one income for wages and benefits. Unemployment is not an option.
Children attend school or daycare, and they may be involved in sports, music, or other after-school activities. They may participate in faith-based youth programs or community service and leadership programs. They may rely on aid or peacekeeping operations.
Parents rely on organizations to protect their children from violence, exploitation, and abuse when under their care.
Organizations have a duty of care to children with whom they work, are in contact with, or who are affected by their work and operations, yet day after day, year after year, we see or read in the news where organizations have miserably failed the children entrusted to their care.
In the USA alone, well-documented sexual abuse scandals include:
- USA Gymnastics team ($380 million in settlements and over 150 victims),
- Penn State University – Jerry Sandusky ($109 million in settlements and 33 victims),
- University of Southern California ($825 million in settlements and approx. 700 victims),
- Michigan State University ($500 million in settlements and 332 victims),
- University of Michigan ($490 million in settlements and 1050 victims),
- Catholic Church ($3 billion in settlements to date, and well-over 500 victims),
- Boy Scouts of America ($850 million in settlements to date, and more than 84,000 victims, and the list goes on and on.
These are organizations that many parents trusted because, the assumption was, that they had robust child safeguarding policies in place protecting children from harm.
Protecting children from harm includes misconduct by staff, associates, and others; poor practice; and operational activities that may harm or put children at risk due to poor design or delivery. Their policies may have improved, but the damage has already been done.
Our work is truly global. From working in the United States to Columbia, and Japan, wherever our member organizations are – thanks to your generosity – we help keep children safe.
The American School In Japan (ASIJ) has been working with Keeping Children Safe to achieve a Level 2 Certification in Child Safeguarding.
Keeping Children Safe is partnering with USAID to raise child safeguarding standards in USAID-backed organizations around the world.
As the biggest and most important football club in Bolivia, Club Bolivar has many young fans who look up to the team and players.
Make a difference today
With a gift today, you can help us keep children safe from abuse. Your generosity will help us help organizations that work with, and for, children, implement our internationally recognized standards, which will give children the safety to grow and develop, realizing their full potential.
This all starts with you.
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