Railway Children is an international development agency that works for and protects some of the most vulnerable children and young people alone and at risk on the streets.

We believe those children have a right to protection from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect. Our staff must always respect children, listen to them and protect them from harm.

The protection of children in the care of our staff is of the highest importance and our safeguarding policy clearly outlines the protective culture and standards expected and the high level of behaviour and conduct required from our staff and volunteers. Our safeguarding and induction process clearly outlines the process and guidance for staff or volunteers to follow in any instance where a safeguarding issue is suspected or concerns are raised.

Alongside this robust policy we invest in a full time Safeguarding Director to ensure the highest levels of care are consistently delivered across all our programmes. The Safeguarding Director works directly with our country safeguarding leads to provide specific training and development plans for our own staff and those of our partners, ensuring the most robust approaches to protection and safety are in place.

We endeavour to employ local staff and invest in local systems that take into account regional culture and expectation as we believe through empowerment they are the best people to create the solutions and change needed.

All Railway Children Staff and volunteers are ambassadors of the charity and our work. We expect them to uphold the ethics and morals of our organisation both within their work and privately.

If you would like to find out more about our child safeguarding work, or have any concerns relating to a safeguarding matter, please contact our Safeguarding Director a.mccullough@railwaychildren.org.uk.