Ipyana (8yrs) and his uncle Wilfred are walking side by side holding hands.

Child and adults-at-risk safeguarding at CBM

CBM and its partner organisations have a critical responsibility to uphold the protection of all children and persons who place their trust in us.

Child and adults-at-risk safeguarding is a core policy commitment of CBM. This guides CBM’s programmes and operations as we work towards our goal of improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.

Annually, approximately 80% of our global programs serve children – most of whom are children with or at risk of disability. It has been proven in several studies that children with disabilities are at least two times more likely to be abused as children without disabilities. In view of this increased risk for children with disabilities, adherence to our child safeguarding policy is key.

CBM requires that all staff and representatives (contractors, consultants, visitors, goodwill ambassadors…) understand, sign and adhere to the Child Safeguarding policy and behavior code. CBM also has a wider Code of Conduct that stipulates acceptable and unacceptable behavior of employees and third parties.

As an organisation that delivers services primarily via partners, CBM requires partner organisations to have their own child safeguarding policies or procedures in place.

In case you require more information from CBM about safeguarding of children or adults-at-risk or have a concern/feedback in relation to safeguarding, contact us at safeguarding(at)cbm(dot)org

Submit a report

As a matter of principle, CBM encourages its employees to speak directly with their superiors and in cases of red flags directly with Internal Audit. Should such dialogs not be possible or for some reason are not feasible, an anonymous whistle-blower system is available to employees, volunteers, suppliers and partners, regardless of location and time zone.

Confidential information regarding criminal offences, ethical misconduct or complaints pertaining to auditing, can be submitted in English, French, Spanish and German.

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