Safeguarding children is vital for all organisations that come in contact with children, as they all have a duty of care towards the children with whom they have contact with.
Having safeguarding ‘Policies and Procedures’ in place within an organisation, not only protects and promotes the welfare of children but also it increases the confidence of trustees, staff, volunteers, parents, carers and the general public.
Safeguarding children is beneficial to an organisation in many ways:-
• Protecting its reputation
• Helping to effectively meet its aims and objectives
• Protecting its finances.
Safeguards put in place in every organisation, should include:
• A Child Protection Policy and Procedures for dealing with issues of concern or abuse.
• A Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO), responsible for all safeguarding and child protection information and advice. (Training available)
Saffron Social Development Global Foundation(SSDGF) priority in ‘Safeguarding the Nigerian Child’ (SNC) from maltreatment and all forms of child abuse, we aim to improve outcomes for children in 5 key areas:-
• Stay safe: keeping children and young people safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence, sexual exploitation, accidental injury, death, anti-social behaviour; giving them security, stability and care.
• Being Healthy: keeping children and young people physically, mentally, emotionally and sexually healthy.
• Enjoying and Achieving: ensuring children and young people attend, enjoy and achieve national standards at school, achieve personal and social development and enjoy recreation.
• Achieving Economic Well-being: ensuring children and young people engage in education or employment after leaving school, are ready for employment, live in decent homes, have access to transport and material goods, and live in higher income households.
• Making A Positive Contribution To Society: Make a positive contribution: ensuring children and young people are active and positive citizens, develop positive relationships, self-confidence and enterprising behaviour.
’EVERY CHILD MATTERS’!!!
There are children around us everywhere, suffering in silence and hoping someone will notice their plight and be bold enough to intervene. It is important for us to know what to look out for and to be able to identify a child who is suffering from or at risk of abuse.
Children and young people may not be believed when they talk about abuse. This does not mean they are lying. They just need someone who will believe them.
If you or anyone you know who is under 18 years of age is being abused or neglected, please pick up the phone and ring the following:
The Safeguarding the Nigerian Child (SNC) Helpline on: – 08099724453