SOS Children’s Villages has a rigorous and binding child protection policy in place to protect the children under our care. We have also undertaken several research projects into child safeguarding which aim to better understand and mitigate the risks to vulnerable children within the alternative child-care sector.
This policy outlines our standards and mechanisms for ensuring the safety, security and rights of every child we reach through our programmes.
This report makes critical observations about the high levels of vulnerability and risk of violence faced by children in alternative care. It concludes that violence is not inevitable and, with an emphasis on providing quality care, it is possible to mitigate the risks of harm for all children.
The publication examines the various forms of violence children without parental care, or at risk of losing it, are exposed to. It describes our commitment to preventing all forms of violence against children and adolescents, and presents a set of calls to action to actively help reduce violence through prevention and response measures.