Children and young people are at the centre of the work of BBC Children in Need and we believe that all children have the right to protection from harm. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people we work with, by a commitment to practice which protects them.

BBC Children in Need is not and cannot be expert in child protection but we work alongside the NSPCC, Safe Network and other leading organisations to promote best practice in safeguarding children and young people. When planning a fundraising event, please see the guidelines below and refer to the Safe Network website and the NSPCC Fundraising best practice guidelines.

You recognise your responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people you work with, by a commitment to practice which protects them.

You recognise that:

• the welfare of the child/young person is paramount

• all children and young people, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial or ethnic origin, religious belief and sexual identity have a right to protection from harm or abuse

• working in partnership with children, young people, their parents and carers is essential in promoting young people’s welfare

The purpose of these guidelines is:

• to ensure your interactions with children and young people are positive and safe for everyone involved

• to provide your staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt when interacting with children and young people

• to provide your staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm

You will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

• valuing them, listening to and respecting them

• assessing the risks to children across all your fundraising activities

• treating children and young people with care, respect and dignity

• ensuring communication with children and young people is open, clear and honest

• managing expectations of children and young people involved with us, in a responsible manner

• recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made

• recognising that those raising funds for BBC Children in Need will be perceived by children and young people as trusted representatives of the BBC and the charity

• providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training

• adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers

This policy applies to all staff and volunteers involved in raising funds for BBC Children in Need. When planning a fundraising event, please also refer to the Safe Network website and the NSPCC Fundraising best practice guidelines.