Canadian Charities and their obligation to safeguard children

April 03, 2010 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: Canadian Charity Law

Scandals involving certain religious leaders and abuse of children, or the cover-up of such abuse, have highlighted the importance of Canadian charities having policies and taking steps to prevent the abuse of children.  The UK Charity Commission has a policy entitled “Safeguarding Children - Protecting children in your organisation” which provides some good suggestions for charities dealing with children.

Safeguarding Children - Protecting children in your organisation” is available at

For Canadian charities conducting international operations they may find the publication “Setting the Standards: A common approach to child protection for international NGOs” useful.  It can be found at$file/pia-children-2003.pdf?openelement

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