Why Protection?

We are seeing injustice and human rights violations in countries around the world against children (those under 18 years) and against people who are vulnerable and living in poverty, who are unable to effectively defend their rights. Global human rights challenges such as abuse, displacement, disabilities, sextortion, rights of women and children and the rights of various minorities continue to be at the forefront of human rights agenda.

Our Objective:

To improve the protection of those most vulnerable within our care and surrounding communities

Our 2022-2027 anticipated outcomes:

  • Increased awareness of human rights including child rights and women rights.
  • Increased prevention, protection, rehabilitation and assistance for victims and survivors of human rights violations
  • Increased training and support for champions of human rights, assisting our partners in building a consistent culture of care
  • Improved income generating capabilities of people who are marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable
With increasing humanitarian crisis globally, our work seeks to respond through influencing policies which affect those who are marginalised and vulnerable; improve awareness for those living on the margins of society to have their voices heard; improve their access to services; to directly support survivors of human rights violations.
Our protection approach is informed by the work within Promotion of a Consistent Culture of Protection (PCCP) project of the Society of Jesus.

Our approach is multi-faceted and includes:

Maintenance of the on-line resource library to which all Xavier Network partners in 87 countries are directed to, in order to access information on:

  • Safeguarding and protection training available within the Society of Jesus
  • Safeguarding and protection courses provided beyond the Society of Jesus
  • Audio and visual materials for use at field level and in schools
  • Key sample documents for effective safeguarding within organisations

We champion safeguarding and protection within the Xavier Network, which includes:

  • Chairing the XN Child Safeguarding Committee
  • Revising the annual XN Members safeguarding audit and reporting back to XN Directors annually
  • Engaging with Jesuit institutes worldwide providing safeguarding and protection courses, in order ensure access of Xavier Network partners in the Global South to the most appropriate and accessible safeguarding and protection training available to them
  • Establishing mutually beneficial relationships between Jesuit Conference Safeguarding Delegates and XN members
  • Championing adherence to the XN Minimum Standards in Child Safeguarding at member and partner levels in the field
  • Validating adherence to the XN Minimum Standards in Child Safeguarding through the annual auditing process

We encourage safeguarding training at field level by:

  • Prompting IJI partners to access IJI funding for training and awareness campaigns within the community
  • Establishing linkages between projects at field level, Provinces and Jesuit institutes for access to safeguarding training facilitators
  • Upskilling Development Office staff in becoming safeguarding and protection trainers
  • Disseminating the IJI Global Child Safeguarding Training Manual to facilitate trainers at field level