Safe From Harm! is addressing the question of harmful practices and violence against children and young people in the setting of youth organisations. Through non-formal education, Scouting empowers children and young people to be self-reliant citizens. Scouting is a youth movement providing a safe environment for children and young people participating in its activities. Harmful practices and violence can though happen, being in this specific environment or outside Scouting. Leaders being the primary link to children and young people, we want to raise their awareness as well as equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge and competences to prevent harmful practices within Scouting and know how to address violence happening outside the youth movement – to ensure that they will provide a safe environment.
The project will ensure a quality, relevant and insightful output by combining European and national approaches. The European approach will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, perspectives, practices and expertise but also the creation of a community like-minded. This European approach will enrich the work to be done at the national level. Indeed, the project wants to facilitate the delivery of tailor-made policies or tools for each partner, to fit and answer the needs and the specificities of each of them; the European added value is necessary to broaden the understanding, use the practices in place in other countries and adapt to ever changing societies. We aim at providing partners with a framework to first reflect on their own practices and standards, then review or create new policies and/or tools for their organization in an organized process, with experts’ inputs, exchange of practices, with the proper time and means to ensure the quality and relevance of the end result.
The Safe from Harm! project is implemented with the financial support of the DAPHNE III Programme of the European Union.