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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.
While visits to our field offices are encouraged, in keeping with our commitment to child safety, all visits to sponsorship areas must be coordinated with Donor Services representatives at our headquarters at least 60 days in advance. Unannounced visits are not acceptable. Please note that the option to “meet” a sponsored child is only available to individual (one-to-one) child sponsors. Prior to visiting programs, a community or a sponsored child, an application form, release form and a background check will be required. We hope you understand that these steps are necessary to ensure the safety of children and their families and they will not discourage you from visiting our programs. Visits can be truly rewarding and life-changing experiences. To coordinate your visit please contact Donor Services or 1.800.728.3843 to learn more.
For the protection of the children we take any breach of these policies very seriously and, in the unfortunate circumstance that one should occur, we will end the sponsorship relationship immediately and take any necessary legal action if required.
Thank you for joining us in our efforts to keep the children we support safe by respecting our child safety policy.
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