The International Safeguards for Children in Sport describe what organisations need to put in place if they are providing sports activities to children. The aim is to create a safe sporting environment for all children, in all parts of the world and at all levels of competition.  ChildFund is a pioneer organisation for the safeguards and has been implementing them across work in Asia and the Pacific. Through our sport for development programs, including ChildFund Pass It Back, we are committed to upholding the International Safeguards for Children in Sport, which requires us to:
  • work towards the 8 International Safeguards for Children in Sport;
  • complete an annual Safeguards self-audit and report on our progress;
  • join and promote the annual safer sport campaign; and
  • share all our relevant resources, learning, knowledge and research.

ChildFund is a global alliance of child-focused international development organisations which assists more than 14 million children and their families in over 60 countries. With a long-standing and trusted presence in many of the world’s poorest communities, ChildFund works in partnership with children, their families and local organisations to achieve lasting change, respond to humanitarian emergencies and promote children’s rights.

ChildFund implements programs to improve education, healthcare and child protection. It also delivers programs to build the resilience of children and youth, including sport for development – most notably the highly successful ChildFund Pass It Back program.

Funds donated will enable the ChildFund Pass It Back program to be expanded to support more young people in Laos, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Philippines, Cambodia, and other countries in the region. Many more young people will develop their leadership and life skills through this rugby-based development program. Children and young people will also benefit from other (separately funded) ChildFund programs in areas such as education, healthcare and child protection.

ChildFund is an affiliate member of Accountable Now, a platform of international civil society organisations that strive to be transparent, responsive to stakeholders, and focused on delivering impact. In addition, each member of ChildFund Alliance must uphold and meet the following range of standards:

Program Code of Ethics: each member must establish clear and honest policies and procedures for monitoring and accountability to ensure programs are as effective as possible, with standards in place that guarantee that projects are focused on children and encourage the empowerment, training and involvement of the communities they help.

Child Safeguarding Policy Guidelines: these set forth our core values and commitments to children in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Fundraising Code of Ethics: these standards ensure efficiency, minimised administrative overheads, proper stewardship of funds and contributions, and complete accuracy and honesty in all fundraising activities, public statements and advertising.

ChildFund Australia, which manages the ChildFund Pass It Back program, is a member of the Australia Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. The Code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management. As evidence of this accountability, ChildFund Australia is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to receive government grants.

A request for a refund of contributions already donated will be considered and determined on a case by case basis. When a request for a refund is received, an assessment of the reason given for the refund request is undertaken. The following reasons will usually be considered favourably:

  • an error has been made by ChildFund Australia;
  • a donor decides within the first 1-3 weeks of providing contributions that they have changed their mind and the funds have not already been remitted overseas;
  • a donor’s banking details are fraudulently obtained and used;

The following reasons will not usually be grounds for a refund to be given:

  • the financial circumstances of the donor;
  • disagreement by the donor with the nature of the programs provided by ChildFund.

If it is agreed that a refund is to be made the donor will receive the refund within ten working days of the decision. Further information can be can found in our Complaints Policy.

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