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Cross Cultural Safeguarding: Seminar Recording and Other Resources

Safeguarding while working Cross Culturally

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. (James 1:27 NLT)

Exhortations to care for the most vulnerable in our societies and to ensure their wellbeing runs throughout the Bible like a mantra, reflecting God’s caring and compassionate heart and his righteousness and justice.

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare and wellbeing of children and to protect them from harm and abuse. Safeguarding all children is right ‘up there’ in God’s priorities and therefore should be a priority for his people – whatever context we live and bear witness to Christ in. When living and working cross-culturally, we will experience sensitivities and challenges when it comes to safeguarding children.

In this podcast, three people[i] who are experienced in working with vulnerable children in cross-cultural contexts in the Middle East and Africa, share what they have learned in the hope that this will provoke reflection, discussion and steps towards promoting the safeguarding of children amongst all those working cross-culturally – particularly those connecting directly and indirectly with children.

The links bellow provide further signposts to helpful webpages and resources.


Useful online resources

Child Protection Tearfund Footsteps 116

Home and Hospitality – Footsteps 116

Tough TalksTehila

Tehila -Tough Talks

Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe – Let’s end child abuse in organisations

The Theology of Safeguarding – Thirtyoneeight

theology-of-safeguarding.pdf (thirtyoneeight.org)

Sending and Serving Safely – Thirtyoneeight

sending-and-serving-safely-report_feb-2021.pdf (thirtyoneeight.org)

Self-audit Tool – Thirtyoneeight

Self-audit Tool | Thirtyone:eight (thirtyoneeight.org)

Viva Child Protection Self Assessment – Tearfund Learn

Viva child protection self-assessment – Tearfund Learn

[i] Identities protected for security reasons