WAGGGS Safeguarding Policy 2022

This is a World Board governance policy and it applies to all volunteers, employees, contractors (including subcontractors) or any others working with or on behalf of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Offering safe spaces is an essential foundation for quality Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and we acknowledge the importance of a strong safeguarding policy to support this. Safeguarding at WAGGGS means the actions we take to prevent harm and promote the welfare of the children and young people we work with and for. Of particular importance is the need to create safe and supportive spaces for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to participate in our work, to reduce risks and for any (safety and welfare) concerns to be raised and responded to.

The purpose of this policy and associated procedures is to provide clarity to all on how they should engage with children, young people and vulnerable adults when working for, on behalf of, or in partnership with WAGGGS. It is also to help us make sure that employees, volunteers and other representatives are protected.

It is intended to help us to have a common understanding of safeguarding issues, develop good practice across the diverse and complex areas in which we operate and thereby increase accountability in this crucial aspect of our work.


  • Publication date: 30th September 2018
  • Author(s): World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
  • Length: 7 pages
  • Resource type: Policies & procedures
  • Resource topic: WAGGGS governance
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