We have a duty of care to safeguard the children and vulnerable adults we work with. 

If you or someone you know is concerned about safeguarding, please let us know via Customer Services

For information, visit the NSPCC's webpage on child safeguarding. For adult safeguarding, read GOV.UK's vulnerable adults policy paper

Covid-19 and safeguarding 

Covid-19 has heightened the level of risk to children and vulnerable adults in everyday life. 

Part of our response to Covid-19 has been to move activity online. Increased risks include:

  • cyber-bullying 
  • grooming 
  • exploitation 
  • blackmail 
  • extortion. 

The NSPCC and Think U Know provide further support for staying safe online.

Our safeguarding strategy 

Our safeguarding strategy is based on three principles:

  • build a workforce which understands safeguarding and is equipped to respond to issues in a timely, sensitive and appropriate fashion 
  • use our international networks to share strong safeguarding standards   
  • put children and vulnerable adults at the centre of everything we do.

It is designed to protect from and prevent harm, abuse and negative discrimination of any kind.

Our global and regional safeguarding teams are responsible for overseeing the implementation of this vision. Everyone who works for and with the British Council is expected to understand, support and embrace it.

We also adhere to local legislation and procedures, including Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1989 and the Care Act 2014

Our global safeguarding strategy was approved by Sir Ciarán Devan, Chief Executive, in June 2020 and will be reviewed annually.