Ensuring vulnerable children are protected, to the best of our ability, wherever they are is critical to Save the Children’s work. With more than 90 years working to protect children, we have extensive experience and expertise in designing strategies to keep children safe. We are committed to ensuring that we design and implement Child Sponsorship programs that create safe environments where children are protected and can not only survive, but also succeed in life.
We take our responsibilities for protecting and promoting the rights of children very seriously. We employ strategies to create and maintain an environment free from any form of abuse and exploitation, and promote the implementation of our Child Protection Policy. We are confident that our sponsors will join us in upholding this policy so that together we can do our best to ensure that the children we help remain safe. While the vast majority of individuals have good intentions, we trust that child sponsors understand that we must safeguard against the few who do not.
In our efforts to keep children safe, we monitor the letters and gifts sent to sponsored children. To protect the privacy of all parties, we do not allow children and sponsors to exchange contact information (phone number, email addresses, addresses etc), last names, or connect on social media. All correspondence must be sent through our field offices.
Every sponsor planning to visit their sponsored child is required to complete an application form, release form and a background check. All visits to sponsorship areas must be coordinated by the Country Office and are fully supervised; visits are never to the child’s home or school. Unannounced visits to our Country Offices are unacceptable.