Since we began our operations in 2003, it has been our priority to ensure that our participants – particularly vulnerable children – are safe from abuse, violence and exploitation.
Our Safeguarding Policy for Children and Vulnerable Adults encompasses the behaviours and values that underpin our work, as well as our whistleblowing and reporting procedures.
All of our staff in Malawi, Ghana and the UK receive regular training in this policy, with special focus given to how to report concerns they may have about the safety of a child or adult.
All of our consultants, interns and partner staff are also expected to read and sign the policy, and to be part of ensuring that children and vulnerable adults have safe environments in which to work with us.
In addition to this policy, we take active measures to protect the emotional and psychological well-being of our participants, especially when their own stories are being shared and explored.
We also develop risk registers for every project we do, which includes ways that we can mitigate potential risks that our participants might face while participating in our programmes.
I thank Theatre for a Change very much. It gave me the vision of my life and future. I am always ready, protected, confident and self-reliant.
Participant in our Empowering Female Sex Workers Programme, Malawi