Education is no weight to carry - Helping to educate vulnerable children in Uganda

Safeguarding Statement

The Charity Bury African Outreach (BAO) recognizes its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the legal framework of the Children Act 1989 and 2004. Because we support the education of children in Uganda they would come under the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child and the legislation within their own country. The charity also recognizes its responsibility to safeguard vulnerable adults. BAO is also aware that children, young people and vulnerable adults can be the victims of different kinds of abuse and that everyone has a responsibility to safeguard against this happening.

The charity BAO works in the UK as a registered Charity and has no day to day direct contact with the children we support and who live in Uganda. However, we do endeavour to make sure our partners in East Africa are aware of our responsibility (and their responsibility) and this is clearly demonstrated by the information within this statement. We will endeavour by our work to make clear that:

  • Children and young people are listened to, valued and respected.
  • Vulnerable adults are treated with care and respect.
  • Staff at the projects we support are aware of the need to be alert to the signs of abuse and know what to do with their concerns.
  • If anyone goes to one of the schools from the UK on behalf of BAO we will ensure references are obtained and they are aware of the child protection policies within that particular school.

BAO is committed to making sure the children we support are as safe as possible (During the COVID-19 Pandemic the charity has been alerted to the fact children have gone hungry and responded very quickly to send money for food).

BAO’s main role is to raise funds to pay school fees and fund project start, develop and become self-sustaining.