Who We Are

We are a global NGO representing and serving our members by acting as their advocate and spokesperson at the international level on issues of mutual concern, by working in partnership with other NGOs to voice concerns and advance the objectives of the membership, and by providing forums for interaction and exchange of information among our members.

Guided by our vision of addressing common global challenges relating to safeguarding children and ‘adults at risk’, we work to strengthen and improve international cooperation among stakeholders. We achieve this through the engagement of people who share a global mindset and support our aim of increasing international cooperation between stakeholders.

Safeguarding International comprises representatives from the public, private and third sectors. Our members are drawn from a diverse range of organisations and territories. The membership is supported by a Board of Management and a central secretariat based in Switzerland.

General Assembly

The General Assembly, which convenes every two years, is the highest decision-making body of Safeguarding International. All members have the right to participate and vote in it. The General Assembly directs decisions relating to the associations statutes and it elects the president and other members committee.

The Management Committee

The Management Committee consists of the Board of Management, as well as representatives from the membership and independent experts, and is chaired by the President. Through exchange with all of the members, the Management Council makes recommendations for decisions, approves work plans developed by the Management Team, and defines the associations targets.

Board of Management

The Board of Management is responsible for defining our operational priorities, approving our budget and monitoring the work of the organisation. It is supported by management committee made up of association members and independent experts. Additional working groups focus on priority areas within the overall structure.

General Secretariat

The General Secretariat is responsible for implementing strategic decisions taken by the General Assembly and the Management Committee, developing and monitoring association quality standards, and representing the associations in international communications and forums. A special representative for External Affairs is mandated by the Management Committee and focuses on high-level liaison with select global organisations. This role represents the associations positions to international bodies such as the United Nations and the European Union, and supports and develops relationships with institutional and corporate donors and other potential partners at a global level.