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ACT Alliance Child Safeguarding Policy

ACT Alliance Child Safeguarding Policy  -

ACT Alliance - Child Safeguarding Policy - Guidance Policy


  • Take a zero tolerance approach to child abuse, respect children’s right to participate, and ensure priority is always given to the best interests of the child
  • Adhere to all child protection laws
  • Adopt a Board-approved Child Safeguarding policy
  • Ensure child-safe program design
  • Ensure child-safe recruitment of staff
  • Ensure development of a child safeguarding Code of Conduct
  • Ensure procedures exist for reporting and investigating child protection concerns
  • Ensure training is provided for all staff
  • Ensure that children, communities, partners, and others are informed of the policy and reporting procedures

These are the Principles underpinning the ACT Alliance Child Safeguarding policy. 

They are drawn from international human rights principles such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as humanitarian principles of ‘do no harm’. 

These principles will help ACT member agencies ensure that child safeguarding is fully implemented throughout the organisation. 

Developing and adopting a policy is not enough.

There is a saying that, “A policy isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” - Unless a policy is fully implemented it might as well not exist. 

A piece of paper alone will not protect children from abuse by staff and others. 

Implementing and monitoring best practice will, however, ensure that every possible step has been taken to protect children from abuse by staff and through any association with the agency. 

The ACT Alliance Child Safeguarding Policy was developed using global best practices in the field, including years of learning and development about what makes a robust, actionable child safeguarding policy… and what will protect children from all forms of abuse.


Child Friendly Code of Conduct/Child Safeguarding policies


Child-Friendly Feedback Mechanisms: Guide and Toolkit - Plan International

At Plan International, child-friendly feedback mechanisms are key to our accountability towards children, young people and their communities. 

These mechanisms provide them with critical information and opportunities to provide feedback on our humanitarian programming. 

Feedback mechanisms also play a critical role in safeguarding and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. 

Our child-friendly feedback mechanisms are adapted to suit children of all ages, genders and those with disabilities. 

Children’s safety is also paramount during these processes and we promote their leadership in designing and implementing feedback mechanisms.

The guide and 20 accompanying tools support practitioners to design, implement and monitor feedback mechanisms. The training manual includes session plans, handouts and exercises for face to face training sessions. 

Code of Conduct

Examples of Code of Conduct:

Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross Movement and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief:

Australian Council for International Development Code of Conduct:

Do you have more? Please send them in and we would be happy to display them in the wiki 

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Disability-inclusive child safeguarding guidelines by Save the Children and Able Child Africa

Disability-inclusive child safeguarding means that this approach, as applied by organisations, is equally effective for keeping children with disabilities safe as it is in keeping children without disabilities safe.

These guidelines are for international development and humanitarian actors working with children, or representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) working in development and humanitarian contexts. The guidelines are written to ensure relevance for disability-focused organisations and the disability movement, who may have strong systems for disability inclusion but are in the inception phase or improving their child safeguarding systems. They also have relevance for child rights organisations or development and humanitarian actors who may already have robust child safeguarding systems but are only beginning to mainstream disability in their work

Disability-inclusive child safeguarding toolkit

This tool is designed to help practitioners working with children with disabilities. Using participatory approaches1, the tool helps to identify potential safeguarding risks and risk mitigation strategies to ensure all activities are safe and inclusive. Safe programming is not about mitigating all risks, all actions have risks and attempting to mitigate all risks may mean the programme will not go ahead. 

This is particularly important when working with children with disabilities as there may be more risks and therefore, if we are attempting to mitigate all risks there is a greater chance that the activity will not go ahead resulting in even less provision for children with disabilities. However, it is essential we identify, monitor, and build into our programme design risks that children with disabilities may experience as a result of engaging in activities or programmes.


E-learning courses - Disaster - Investigating Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

This online learning course found on Disaster Ready

This 5-hour course aims at helping UN partners to enhance their skills in investigating allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) of beneficiaries in humanitarian settings. 


  • Explain the legal basis for your organization's investigations into SEA allegations
  • Apply a victim-centered approach and fundamental standards of investigation
  • Follow the steps of the investigative phases: complaint intake, investigation, conclusion

This image describes the Investigating Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (e-learning course for partners).


Focal Points - Child Safeguarding

What is the role of the nominated child protection lead in safeguarding children and young people?

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The Safeguarding Children in Peacekeeping Toolkit - Keeping Children Safe

UN Liberia

This toolkit builds upon our expertise and our research, which provides the evidence-base for how to safeguard children from peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse. It is based on: desk research on law, human rights, and political science; qualitative data gathered from field research; and work with stakeholders.

This creates a context-specific toolkit for Peacekeeping Training Centres, Troop-Contributing Countries, international organisations, implementing partners, and other actors and entities involved with peacekeeping. Using interdisciplinary research and through working with a comprehensive group of stakeholders, we have created an evidence-base for recommendations necessary to drive forward the research and policy agenda.

The Safeguarding Children in Peacekeeping Toolkit (PDF), versions of which have been implemented successfully in thousands of organisations in nearly every country in the world, is based on international standards for child safeguarding, and is implemented within an organisation through (i) a self-assessment of current policies and practices, (ii) a robust mapping of relevant local and international laws and practices on child safeguarding, (iii) developing context-specific policies, measures and procedures based on the organisation and the legal mapping, (iv) training, and (v) follow-up.

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