Our Commitment to Child Safety
Save the Children is completely committed to conducting our programs in a manner that is both safe for the children we serve and to help protect the children with whom we and our sponsors are in contact with. As a humanitarian agency, we believe that all children have the right to live free of fear or impact of any form of abuse or exploitation. We are obliged to create and maintain an environment that aims to prevent these circumstances and promotes the implementation of our child safety 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 must safeguard against the few who do not. We are sure you understand the need to protect the wellbeing of the children we support.
Correspondence (For One-to-One Child Sponsors Only)
In our efforts to keep children safe, we monitor the letters and packages sent to sponsored children. To protect the privacy of all parties, we do not allow children and sponsors to exchange contact information and require that all correspondence be sent through our field offices. Please note that correspondence is only available to individual (one-to-one) child sponsors.
In today’s digital age, children are exposed to new risks. For the protection of our sponsored children, please do not post any information online, including on social media, that could be used to identify or locate a sponsored child, such as last name, school name, community name or child id. If you sponsor a child outside of the U.S., you may share his or her photo provided you do so while respecting the dignity of the child. But for the U.S., we ask that you refrain from sharing photos.
Of course, regardless of where you sponsor, we do encourage you to post about your sponsorship experience on social media. For example, you can say, “I just received a letter today from Anna, my adorable sponsored child from Uganda! She’s learning to read and loves to play jump rope.” Or, “Becoming a child sponsor has meant the world to me. I love knowing a child will have a better life and a brighter future because of me.”
These steps are essential to ensuring the safety of sponsored children and your safety as a sponsor. We take child safety very seriously, and any breaches of our policy may result in the sponsorship being terminated.
To view what specific information can and cannot be shared online, please view the attachment here.
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