Safeguarding Policy

As you may be aware, there have been a number of cases recently, where charities around the world have failed to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults in their care. Kisiizi Partners believes that everyone, at all times and in all situations, has the right to dignity and to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that could result in them being physically or psychologically damaged, regardless of their race, tribe, skin colour, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, religion, beliefs, sexual orientation, disability or age.

Kisiizi Partners recognises that all trustees and officers are an integral part of the safeguarding process and that they have a responsibility to ensure that appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures are in place for the beneficiaries of the charity’s funds, even though those beneficiaries are in Uganda and we support them indirectly by funding the work of Kisiizi Hospital, which is situated in a remote part of south-western Uganda. Kisiizi Partners further recognises that everyone has a responsibility to be vigilent about safeguarding issues and they have a duty to report any concerns that they may have to the appropriate people. Kisiizi Partners has a process in place for the reporting and handling of safeguarding issues. This can be found in our Safeguarding Policy document.

The hospital’s patients include children and vulnerable adults, so Kisiizi Partners has a duty to ensure that those patients are adequately protected by the hospital’s safeguarding policies. The trustees of the charity actively monitor the hospitals’ safeguarding policy documents and procedures and highlight any concerns that they may have to Kisiizi’s Principal Safeguarding Officer.

Kisiizi Partners, through Kisiizi Orphans, supports the care of orphans, other children and young adults through Kisiizi Hospital’s Child Sponsorship Department. Kisiizi Partners has a duty to ensure that a suitable safeguarding policy is in place to protect these children. All contact between children, their families and their sponsors are only permissable through Kisiizi Orphans and Kisiizi Hospital’s Child Sponsorship Department. At no time are sponsors permitted to make direct contact with the children or their families, whether in person, by letter or by email, without this being facilitated by Kisiizi Hospital. There should never, under any circumstances, be any contact through social media, by phone or by other direct means. Such contact will be considered a child protection issue and it will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

If you wish to raise any safeguarding issues relating to Kisiizi Partners or Kisiizi Hospital, please contact Kisiizi Partners’ Safeguarding Officer at the email address given in the Safeguarding Policy document or use the contact form on this website.