Safeguarding | Child Protection
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Find out more about how we keep young people safe
Our Safeguarding Culture
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility at Young Life International.
We take continual steps to foster a culture where young people are kept safe - that’s the wholehearted aim of the Trustees, UK Director, senior field and operational leadership. We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of all those under our care and protecting them from abuse – this is primarily young people, but also includes children and adults at risk.
We encourage a growing culture where:
Everyone takes responsibility for keeping young people safe.
We safeguard children with excellence, as the best possible backdrop within which to communicate, demonstrate and live out an authentic witness to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
We promote the safety of young people as well as taking steps to prevent them from experiencing harm.
Children are listened to, respected and where the Child Protection Officer (CPO) is swiftly informed of any disclosures and observations of harm or potential harm to a young person.
Best practice principles are known, understood and applied within new and changing situations, rather than being conceptualized as a narrow set of rules that are learned by rote and not by heart.
Local staff and leaders are empowered into becoming the experts in keeping safe the young people under their care.
Best practice on the ground is considered as a team, using the Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy (CPS Policy) as a baseline starting point and a helping hand.
Child safety considerations form a natural part of leadership meetings, event planning and informal conversations.
There is accountability through our line management structure so that the CPS Policy can be effectively implemented ongoingly at a local level.
Full communication with the CPO and line management occurs in response to any situation where child safety may be compromised.