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Youth empowerment in faith-based organisations: Training and empowering children and youth on safeguarding

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Faith organisations can develop partnerships with children and young people that are appropriate to support their work on safeguarding. To ensure that safeguarding policies and procedures work effectively, it is key to have a process for ensuring children are consulted and listened to, that their voices are heard and that their views inform and influence the development of safeguarding measures in the organisation. Children and young people will be able to provide, as no other, insights into what you are doing well, what is not working, what makes them feel safe and unsafe and together you can agree on ways for children to complain if they have a concern about themselves or their friends. It will be crucial to involve children, and the community, in developing codes of good behaviour for staff and for children, for instance if drawing up anti-bullying guidelines.

In order to achieve this, effective processes and truly empowering mechanisms need to be developed. Staff, partners, families and children should be instructed and provided with the information and tools to participate in and lead in the advancement of safe spaces.

In this panel, youth leaders and experienced professionals will discuss what it means to empower and incorporate the voices of children and youth in the creation of safe and accountable faith based organisations and places of worship, including the wide range of FBO-run or faith-associated organisations or activities like youth movements, camps, education institutions, after school activities and more.

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Art Nel Bencolado

Youth Mobilizer of the Philippine Children's Ministries Network serving as a Sangguniang Kabataan Councilor holding Committee on Education and Culture. A transformational leader and advocate of End - Online Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Kira Blumer

Kira is the CEO of Tzedek and she is also the Designated Safeguarding Trustee at a leading UK Jewish youth movement.

Nancy Maguire

A qualified social worker with fifteen years of experience working with children and young people globally.

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