The Charity Commission has has four clear expectations of trustees:
- Provide a safe and trusted environment. Safeguarding involves a duty of care to everyone who comes into contact with your charity, not just vulnerable beneficiaries like children and young people.
- Set an organisational culture that prioritises safeguarding, so it is safe for people to report incidents and concerns in the knowledge they will be dealt with appropriately.
- Have adequate safeguarding policies, procedures and measures to protect people and make sure these are made public, reviewed regularly and kept up to date.
- Handle incidents as they arise. Report them to the relevant authorities including the police and the Charity Commission. Learn from these mistakes and put in place the relevant mechanisms to stop them happening again.
The Butterfly Tree has always considered Child Protection and Safeguarding to be an extremely serious matter, and have done everything in our power to ensure that the children and vulnerable people we support are safe.
Our volunteers in Zambia are made up of local people, most of them have been with us since the founding of The Butterfly Tree in 2006. The orphan sponsorship programme is overseen by local women and school teachers, with the exception of Kamwi School, where Mafian, a former beneficiary, checks on the welfare of orphans and sources new ones that need support. The peer education programme for HIV prevention is organised by former sponsored orphans.
Most of our UK volunteers help with administration and fundraising only, and do not work ‘hands on’ in Zambia. All of us that do visit Zambia, and other volunteers, including international ones, have to produce a DBS or the equivalent from their country, and must be dedicated to helping the cause rather than using this opportuntiy it as a holiday.
To access our latest version of our policy, updated in June 2019, please click of the link: Child Protection Safeguarding Policy_The Butterfly Tree Charity_June_2019