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Our commitment to safeguarding

Islamic Relief’s actions are inspired and grounded by our values, which hold us responsible for ensuring children, young people and people at risk, as well as our staff and volunteers, are protected against all forms of harm and abuse. We believe that everyone has the right to be safe, respected and valued regardless of who they are or their circumstances. 

We have a global Safeguarding Policy in place 

Islamic Relief has a Safeguarding Policy to ensure the health and wellbeing of those we work with, and to help create a culture of safeguarding across all levels of the organisation.

It is mandatory for all those representing Islamic Relief to understand, implement and adhere to all the guidelines outlined in our policy. 

We adhere to six fundamental safeguarding principles


People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.


Support and representation for those in greatest need.


It is better to take action before harm occurs.


A proportional and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.


Local solutions through services working with communities.


Accountability and transparency embedded in safeguarding practices.

All staff receive training around Safeguarding

A crucial component of our Safeguarding Policy is the mandatory training of all Islamic Relief staff and representatives on safeguarding and related policies.

Dedicated individuals ensure our safeguarding concerns are heard

Our Board of Trustees has invested to safeguard our people, those we serve and other stakeholders. 

The Board is supported by a dedicated Audit and Finance Committee, responsible for ensuring that Islamic Relief Worldwide’s safeguarding procedures are put into practice,. 

Staff in our country offices have been trained in safeguarding, and we invest in their development, a vital part of embedding and improving safeguarding practices across our operations. 

We equip country directors with regional workshops; delivering training on specific areas such as child protection; and hold in-depth online training for country offices.

Our support for orphans, along with all our programmes, is underpinned by the work of dedicated safeguarding leads in every country who ensure that we follow best practice and procedures to keep vulnerable adults and children safe from abuse. 

Ensuring that concerns are acted upon

Restoring and protecting dignity is central to Islamic Relief’s humanitarian and development work. We take protection concerns very seriously, conduct diligent investigations of all complaints raised, and take disciplinary action under our grievance and complaints policy.  

A survivor-centred approach is adopted which places the needs and wishes of the survivor at the heart of our work, providing timely support and interventions to ensure their health, safety and wellbeing. 

Anyone found to breach any policy within the safeguarding framework could be subject to disciplinary procedures and potential legal action. It’s mandatory upon all to report concerns or allegations using the complaints mechanism or procedure in place.

Staff protection and safety 

Islamic Relief Worldwide is committed to creating and maintaining a culture whereby all staff have the right to be treated with dignity, respect and have equal opportunities. We aim to act as role models through our actions and behaviour and the Dignity at Work Policy sets out these expectations. 

In addition, and as part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen safeguards, IRW has a robust and rigorous recruitment procedure that seeks to screen out people who may pose a risk to staff, volunteers, representatives or those we serve. 


Islamic Relief wants to ensure we have safe and confidential approaches for staff to raise their concerns. A whistleblowing line is in place to support whistle-blowers to make disclosures which are protected by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. The Act gives legal protection to workers who disclose certain serious concerns which qualify as being in the public interest. The organisation has put in place a Whistleblowing Policy to ensure that all staff feel able to raise concerns confidentially and even anonymously if they are a matter of public interest.

Strengthening our Safeguarding procedures 

In 2021 we ran a dedicated project covering our operations in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Jordan and Afghanistan to help strengthen safeguarding infrastructure. 

Examples included developing child-friendly complaints mechanisms and raising awareness of children and guardians in Jordan; incorporating safeguarding in each aspect of monitoring and evaluation activity; and ensuring community understanding of the issues at the start of projects in Kenya. In Afghanistan, we strengthened complaints mechanisms in projects serving remote areas, designing culturally sensitive materials and raising the confidence of local community members.

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