NSPCC creates set of guides to assist British aid groups

The NSPCC has linked up with British aid agencies to publish a set of guidelines for working with children in war zones and other humanitarian emergencies.

The child protection charity worked with Christian Aid, Save the Children, Tearfund and EveryChild to draw up the standards.

"We must all recognise the risks to children and our responsibilities to keep them safe during humanitarian emergencies and as part of longer-term development efforts," Clare Short, UK development secretary, wrote in the preface to the report, Setting the Standard.

The guidelines cover how aid agencies should establish a policy statement on protecting children in emergency situations and what procedures should be put in place.

An NSPCC spokesperson said members of the report's steering group were meeting with NGOs working at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss how similar guidelines can be established at a European level.

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