Our commitment to safeguarding children and young people

Girl Effect is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all children and young people.

Our Safeguarding Policy exists to:

  • Promote the welfare of children and young people and enable them to achieve the best outcomes
  • Prevent harm through proactive measures to identify and mitigate risks
  • Protect children and young people by responding quickly and effectively whenever harm or abuse is identified

This Safeguarding Policy applies to all individuals whom Girl Effect employs, contracts, any individual who carries work out in the name of Girl Effect, and visitors.

Our standards 

Our Safeguarding Policy has 10 interlinked and mutually reinforcing standards which aim to ensure that Girl Effect is a child-safe organisation.

1. Accountability

Girl Effect will designate responsibility for safeguarding to staff across the organisation to ensure that safety measures are monitored regularly and that any new risks are identified and addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

2. Building Know-How

Girl Effect will ensure that all staff, visitors and others undertaking work on behalf of the organisation understand their safeguarding responsibilities and have the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil their obligations

3. Safe Recruitment

Girl Effect will ensure that its recruitment processes minimize the risk of engaging any individual who is unsuitable to work with children and young people.

4. Safe Partnerships

Girl Effect will ensure that all partners have the appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place to prevent harm to children and to respond effectively whenever protection concerns are identified. 

5. Code of conduct

Girl Effect will ensure that all staff, visitors and others undertaking work on behalf of the organisation comply with the Code of Conduct when interacting wit children and young people.

6. Children’s Participation

Girl Effect actively promotes children and young people’s meaningful participation in our work. We ensure that safety measures, including risk assessments, are integrated in the design and implementation of all products, research and events in which children and young people are invited to participate.

7. Safe Marketing and Communications

Girl Effect will take every precaution to preserve the privacy and dignity of children and ensure they are not exposed to risk as a result of their involvement in girl Effects publicity activities, communication materials or campaigns. 

8. Digital Privacy and Security

Girl Effect will ensure that its digital applications, platforms and services are safe, secure and do not result in inappropriate or unethical capture and/or use of data on children and young people.

9. Reporting and Response Procedures

Girl Effect will ensure that all child protection concerns are reported through a clear reporting structure and responded to in a timely fashion in a way that safeguards the best interests of children and young people. 

10. Adaptation to the Local Context

Girl Effect will ensure that its Global Safeguarding Policy is adapted by Country Offices to reflect the legal, cultural and social context in which they operate.

Speak to us about safeguarding 

You can download our Global Safeguarding Policy Executive Summary and the full policy below. If you have any questions or concerns about Safeguarding in Girl Effect, please contact safeguardinginfo@girleffect.org