As one of the world’s leading child rights organisations, Save the Children has been working specifically for the rights of children since 1919. In Switzerland and around the world, we ensure that children grow up healthy, can go to school and are protected.
When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Save the Children has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
Our vision is a world where every child survives, learns and is protected.
Our Ambition 2030
No child under five dies of avoidable causes.
Every child benefits from high-quality primary education.
Violence against children is not tolerated.
We will not achieve our ambition for children on our own. This is why we work together with children and their communities, with our partners and our donors. Only then will we be able to positively influence children's lives and achieve sustainable changes.
Our organization is built on the following values:
We take personal responsibility for using our resources efficiently, achieving measurable results, and being accountable to supporters, partners, and most of all, children.
We respect and value each other, thrive on our diversity, and work with partners to leverage our global strength in making a difference for children.
We aspire to live the highest standards of personal honesty and behaviour; we never compromise our reputation and always act in the best interests of children.
We are demanding of ourselves and our colleagues, set high goals and are commited to improving the quality of everything we do for children.
We are open to new ideas, embrace change, and take disciplined risks to develop sustainable solutions for and with children.
HOW WE PROTECT CHILDREN AT SAVE THE CHILDREN SWITZERLAND
As stated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, all children worldwide have the right to be protected from violence, abuse, mistreatment, exploitation and neglect. As a leading independent child rights organisation, it is our duty to protect children – both in our project work around the world and within our organisation. We do this through Child Safeguarding, or institutional child protection. In doing so, we ensure the following:
Compliance with clear guidelines
The actions of employees, partner organisations and other persons who come into direct contact with children through Save the Children Switzerland or through partner organisations comply with clear guidelines for the protection of children.
Awareness raising and review
Employees and partner organisations are sensitised to and trained in the rights and protection of children, have signed a declaration of commitment to the protection of children and are regularly checked by means of criminal records and special private checks.
Standardised reporting procedure
The organisation has a standardised procedure for reporting suspected cases confidentially for all parties, clarifying them professionally and dealing with them in the best interests of the child.
The basis for ensuring all of this is our Child Safeguarding Policy, which sets out appropriate standards and processes. All measures that we derive from these regulations are intended to preventively minimise any risks for children in the context of our work and to provide security of action. On the other hand, they should reactively ensure that any suspected cases are fully clarified and that all those affected – children, the persons making the suspicions and their environment – are protected at all times from potential further assaults.
If you would like to report a suspicion of emotional and/or physical abuse or exploitation in the context of a Save the Children Switzerland activity, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org