Safeguarding policy

Theirworld believes that no child or young person should experience abuse. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people. Below are our policies setting out how we achieve this.

Protecting Children and Young People

We recognise that:

  • Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, as set out in The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • The welfare of the child is paramount as enshrined in the Children Act 1989.
  • All children regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
  • Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Theirworld will not tolerate sexually abusive or exploitative acts being perpetrated by our employees, volunteers or anyone associated with the delivery of our programmes.

All Theirworld employees must observe this policy and report any people or actual or suspected incidents that they believe contravene it. Theirworld managers will aim to ensure that allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse are investigated and that appropriate disciplinary measures are taken.

Child Labour

Theirworld does not employ any person below the age of eighteen years at the workplace. Theirworld prohibits the use of child labour and forced or compulsory labour in any instance. Theirworld seeks to ensure that no employee is made to work against his/her will or work as bonded/forced labour, or is subject to corporal punishment or coercion of any type while working for Theirworld.

Theirworld requires all suppliers of goods supplied to Theirworld or its projects to confirm their adherence to this policy.


Theirworld is committed to ensuring that we do not allow any form of slavery to take place in our organisation and we take steps to ensure that they do not take place in our supply chains. These steps taken are monitored on a regular basis.

Our systems require clear arrangements to be put in place with all new suppliers, and our zero-tolerance approach is reflected within our due diligence processes and the standard terms that our suppliers must agree to. Where suppliers operate within industries and/or countries with a higher risk of slavery and human trafficking they are subject to further due diligence and monitoring procedures.

We have communicated our zero-tolerance approach to all our colleagues and will continue to do so.

This policy document was last updated November 2021.