Interserve believes that it is never acceptable for a child to experience abuse of any kind, and that the protection of children is everyone’s responsibility within our Fellowship. Interserve works in a wide variety of contexts and child protection incidents are often complex. Several entities within Interserve and often other organisations (e.g. schools) and civil authorities may be involved. Offenders and/or victims may not be part of Interserve. Approximately one third of sexual offences are committed by children and young people. Therefore, we commit to clear policies and principle-based protocols for child protection that can be applied within the wide range of contexts in which we serve.
This policy has been developed using the Child Safety Protection Network Best Practice Standards for Child Safety, the Global Connections Safeguarding Children Guidelines, and affirms the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.