WE Child Protection Policy - 2019 public brie…

Protecting Our Most Important Partners WE Charity Standards and Policies for Protecting Children and Youth

Each year, hundreds of thousands of children and youth around the world partner with WE to take on local and global issues by: implementing WE Schools campaigns and events in their communities; attending WE Day; travelling the world with ME to WE international service trips; learning leadership skills at Take Action Camp; and listening to inspirational ME to WE speakers. The safety and well-being of the children and youth we partner with is our highest priority. That’s why WE has established a Child and Youth Protection Policy that ensures: • All Children and Youth shall be protected and empowered as agents of change; • All Children and Youth shall be protected from unauthorized disclosure of private information; • Any exposure of Children and Youth to the recognition of corporate, foundational, and governmental partnerships shall be thoughtful, be dutiful, and prioritize the best interests of Children and Youth. What is WE’s Child and Youth Protection Policy? The Child and Youth Protection Policy is an organization-wide standard that protects the safety and well- being of children and youth involved in WE programming. WE is honoring its responsibilities as an organization entrusted with the safety and well-being of children and youth involved in its programming. We are proud to hold ourselves to the highest standard of child protection and to work towards becoming the safest organization for youth to engage with. The policy and related training includes, but is not limited to: • How to identify signs of abuse • When and how to report a safety or child abuse issue • How to mitigate risk in WE programs, including: WE Day, Take Action Camp, speaking engagements, WE Schools programs, and ME to WE trips • What constitutes appropriate conduct when engaging with children and youth enrolled in WE programming (in person, by phone and online) How did WE develop its Child and Youth Protection Policy? The Policy was drafted with the assistance of renowned organization Plan to Protect, which is recognized as having the highest standard of abuse prevention and vulnerable sector protection. The People Operations and Culture Department and the WE Charity Child and Youth Protection Committee consult with independent third-party experts to support further policy development and to develop recommendations in the event of an incident. How is WE implementing its Child and Youth Protection Policy? All representatives of WE —staff, executive, and key volunteers—were required to take a training course on the Child Protection Policy when it was implemented in 2017. WE trains all staff during orientation, and all staff are required to read and sign our Code of Conduct. All staff who work directly with youth receive annual training. The Child and Youth Protection Policy is reviewed annually and updated as needed. • All Children and Youth shall be protected from abusive behaviour; • All Children and Youth shall be protected from harassing behaviour;

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