Introduction to the model safeguarding policy:

Our Commitment

As Leadership we recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults at risk. We acknowledge that children, young people and adults at risk can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. They can also be victims of spiritual abuse. We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They have a right to be protected from“all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.” As a Leadership we have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance. We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.

The distance between the UK and Bulgaria is an issue, as are the differences in culture, local policies and political systems. However, the Leadership are committed to raising the profile of this important subject and to introduce accepted good practice with all our partners in Bulgaria.

When members of our Leadership visit Bulgaria checks are carried out to ensure that this good practice is continuing.

The policy and attached practice guidelines are based on the ten Safe and Secure safeguarding standards published by the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service now called thirtyone:eight.

The Leadership of Krasif Aid undertake to:

 Endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures, in addition to the international conventions outlined above.

 Provide on-going safeguarding training for all its workers/partners and will regularly review the operational guidelines attached.

 Support the Safeguarding Coordinator(s) in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and vulnerable adults.

 The Leadership agree not to allow the document to be copied by other organisations.