Peace First, Inc. Safeguarding Policy
Peace First, Inc. has drafted a safeguarding policy to protect young people who receive services from Peace First, Inc. or are otherwise involved with Peace First, Inc., to provide parents and guardians, staff and volunteers, and other adults within the Peace First community with a clear understanding of the principles that guide our approach to child protection and nurturing young people’s wellbeing; and to help young people who use our services (most of whom are between 13 and 25 years of age) understand Peace First, Inc.’s. response to concerns and disclosures that are raised as we balance our core values of protecting and nurturing young people with promoting their autonomy and voice, as well as other steps we take as an organization to ensure their safety when participating in our programs.
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Peace First, Inc. including the Board of Directors, paid staff, volunteers, contract workers, interns, and work-study students as well as any person representing Peace First at its request.
We believe that:
- no one, especially young people, should experience abuse of any kind; and
- we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all young people, to keep them safe and to implement our work in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the young person is paramount;
- all young people, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, national origin, immigration status, body size, sex/sex characteristics, or sexual orientation have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse;
- some young people are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues; and
- working in partnership with young people, the organizations that support them and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare and safety.
We seek to keep children and young people safe by engaging in the following ways:
- Listening to them, trusting them, and valuing each young person as a unique individual with special gifts to the world.
- Appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer.
- Adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies and procedures globally.
- Implementing effective online safety policy and procedures.
- Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures.
- Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- Recording and storing information professionally and securely.
- Addressing allegations against staff and volunteers in a timely manner without any fear of retaliation.
- Creating and maintaining a safe online environment and ensuring we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any unsafe activity that does arise.
- Creating tools and resources for how to stay safe when crossing lines of difference.
- Ensuring that we have effective communication means in place to report concerns and incidents.