Table 1

Legislation and policy available related to safeguarding across the ARISE hub countries

BangladeshIndiaKenyaSierra LeoneUK
International policies
UNICEF (1989) The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (ratified by the General Assembly Resolution on 20 November 1989)
United Nations (1979) Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (ratified by the General Assembly Resolution on 18 December 1979)
United Nations (1993) The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. United Nations (ratified by the General Assembly Resolution on 19 December 1993)
Inter-Agency Standing Committee (2016). Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). Global Standard Operating Procedures. May 2016
Keeping Children Safe (2014). Child safeguarding standards and how to implement them
CHS Alliance, Group URD and the Sphere Project (2014) Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability
CHS Alliance (2017) PSEA implementation quick reference handbook
Regional policies
The African Charter on the Welfare and Rights of the Child (ACWRC) of 2002
Subject areaNational-level policy and/or legislation
ChildrenNational Children Policy (2011)Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act (2012, amended 2019)The Constitution of Kenya (2010)The Constitution of Sierra Leone (1991) (Currently under review)House of Commons International Development Committee (2018) Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector. 8th report of the session 2017 to 19. HC 840. 23 July 2018. Published 31 July 2018
Early Marriage Protection Act (2017) MoWCAUN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990)The Children Act Kenya (2010)The Child Rights Act Sierra Leone (2007)Charity Commission (2014). Policy paper. Safeguarding Children and Young People. 14 July 2014
Child Protection Policy (Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum)Revised Integrated Child Protection Scheme India (2014). Ministry of Women & Child Development
Government of India
Framework for the National Child Protection System Kenya (2011) National Council for Children’s ServicesNational Child Welfare Policy (2013)Children’s Act (1989)
Vulnerable groupsConstitution of India (1950): provisions for vulnerable groups, including women, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, persons with disabilities, children, persons living with HIV and the agedThe Persons with Disability Act Kenya 2012The Persons with Disability Act Sierra Leone (2011)UK Policy Governance Association (2006). Act of Parliament. Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (chapter 47)
The National HIV and AIDS Commission Act (2011)Office of the Public Guardian (2017). Policy paper SD8: office of the Public Guardian safeguarding policy (web version) Updated 4 July 2017.
Gender-based violence (GBV)National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children (2013 to 2015)The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (2005)Protection against Domestic Violence Act (2015)Domestic Violence Act (2007)The Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004)
Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Rule (2013) MoWCA
Sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH)Sexual Offences Act (2006)The Sexual Offences Act 2012 Sierra Leone (currently under review)UUK (2016) Changing the Culture: Report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students
(International) Research ethicsNational Research Ethics Committee Bangladesh. Directorate General of Health Services. Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Ethics guidelinesThe Ethics Review Board Guidelines on Conducting ResearchAREC (2013) A Framework of Policies and Procedures for University Research Ethics Committees
Bangladesh Medical Research Council. (2019) The Concordat to Support Research Integrity
David Orr et al (2019) Safeguarding in international development research: evidence review. A report commissioned by UKCDR
Organisational policies
Children and
vulnerable adults
BRAC Child Protection PolicySPARC follows a strict anti-child labour policy and therefore does not employ underage children for any work, and this is legislated by lawGuidelines for Conducting Research on AdolescentsLiverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) Safeguarding Policy
Child and Adult Safeguarding Policy (World Vision, 2018)LSTM Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy
Child Safeguarding in Project Based Practice Guidance (2016)LSTM Code of Conduct
Child Safeguarding Policy (Save the Children) (2019)LSTM Safeguarding Policy (for External Collaborating Partners)
Organizational Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct (2017, GRAMBANGLA UNNOYON)LSTM Safeguarding Students Policy
BRAC University Code of Conduct
  • Entries are intended to be illustrative rather than representative of all possible legislation, guidelines and policy.