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.
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:
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.