Protection and Safeguarding of Children
Ensuring a safe and protective environment for every child
UNICEF Ukraine has a strong commitment in ensuring that all UNICEF partners follow the Child Safeguarding Policy in the implementation of UNICEF’s programmes.
Child safeguarding refers to proactive measures taken to limit direct and indirect collateral risks of harm to children, arising from UNICEF’s work, or UNICEF partners. These may include:
- Physical violence (including corporal punishment)
- Sexual violence, exploitation, or abuse
- Emotional and verbal abuse
- Economic exploitation
- Failure to provide for physical or psychological safety
- Neglect of physical, emotional or psychological needs
- Harmful cultural practices
- Privacy violations
Child safeguarding policies are detailed in the Guidance for CSO Partnerships with UNICEF, Policy on Conduct Promoting the Protection and Safeguarding of Children, and the Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct for all staff and volunteers engaged with UNICEF and Implementing Partners.
UNICEF takes allegations and reports concerning child safety seriously. UNICEF works with partners to identify risks related to child safeguarding and ensure that adequate response and prevention measures are implemented in line with UN and UNICEF policies.
Implementing Partners are mandated to inform UNICEF within 24 hours of any incident causing harm to a child, or when they become aware of any reports or allegations that their personnel have engaged in possible misconduct.