Our Child Safeguarding Implementation Guide, which aims to provide a roadmap on child safety for organizations working with children and provides practical information on child safety mechanisms, is now online.
The guide, which is the output of the project carried out in cooperation with Support to Life (STL) and Terre des Hommes (TDH) Germany, aiming to strengthen the child safeguarding capacities of institutions, contains information and best practices that will lay the groundwork for understanding the issue of child safeguarding.
The Child Safeguarding Implementation Guide, prepared for non-governmental organizations and public institutions working in direct or indirect contact with children in Türkiye, and for individuals who want to increase their capacity on child safeguarding, aims to help institutions become safer for children and support employees to implement child safeguarding practices.
The guide includes an 'Understanding Child Safeguarding' section that explains concepts such as child participation, child protection and child safeguarding, as well as standards that organizations should follow to implement child safeguarding and facilitative roadmaps for effective use of the standards. The guide also includes two good practice examples from Turkiye on child safeguarding.
Child Safeguarding in Support to Life
In the broadest sense, child safeguarding is the protection of children from potential risks posed by an organization, its own work, its employees, or those who come into contact with children through the organization.
As Support to Life, we have been conducting studies and providing trainings to increase both the external capacity of other organizations and our own internal capacity on child safeguarding since 2015. We integrate child safeguarding standards into our working processes; we ensure that every employee of Support to Life receives child safeguarding code of conduct training. In addition, we ensure the participation of children in the development of child safeguarding measures in our community centers, identify risk assessment and risk mitigation measures with the support of children, create an effective feedback and complaint mechanism and share it with children.