Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

The safety and protection of the children and young people is at the centre of our work.

Buttle UK works to support children and young people (together ‘children’) up to the age of 20. As a charity, it is committed to taking all reasonable steps to ensure that no child or young person comes to harm or suffers abuse of any kind as a result of a grant application being made to, or in the course of any interaction with, Buttle UK.

In relation to this policy, this means that we will take all reasonable steps to promote the welfare of children and that we support by actively considering their needs to:

  • Be protected from maltreatment;
  • Avoid impairment of their health or development;
  • Grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Seek to have the best outcomes (1).

We will do this by working with the children, parents, carers, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. We will give equal priority to keeping all children safe regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

We will ensure that all of our grants programmes are child-centred, and the voice of the child will be of paramount importance in all our safeguarding considerations.

(1) Taken from the HM Government document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013’.