Safeguarding and Whistleblowing

Our commitment to safeguarding and how you can report a concern.

Tearfund is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of integrity, accountability and openness as an organisation.

Tearfund staff across the world – along with staff of the partner organisations who help us to fulfil this work – are obliged to conduct themselves in keeping with these high standards.

As Christians, we believe that every human has immeasurable value and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Whether you are a member of staff (at Tearfund or a partner organisation), a beneficiary, or a member of the public, the following guidance will help you report any concerns you may have about the behaviour of Tearfund staff or representatives.


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Tearfund is committed to promoting the security and wellbeing of beneficiaries, volunteers and staff. In particular we are also committed to the safety, security and dignity of children, along with adults who are vulnerable and/or at risk.

Staff and representatives must ensure that their behaviour promotes and allows children and vulnerable adults at risk to live free from:

  • harm and abuse – including physical, sexual (including sexual harassment) and emotional (including the abuse of power/trust and any form of coercion)
  • physical and sexual exploitation
  • neglect
  • discrimination
  • human trafficking

Tearfund staff and representatives are required to understand the importance of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults/adults at risk by:

  • upholding the dignity and respect of children and vulnerable adults/adults at risk
  • taking preventative steps to ensure a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults/adults at risk
  • responding quickly and appropriately to concerns raised

Any allegation or concern regarding the abuse of a child or a vulnerable adult/adult at risk must be treated seriously and be reported within 24 hours of having been made aware of the issue/concern. A concern can arise when abusive behaviour is observed or suspected, when an allegation is made or disclosed, or where there are indicators (signs and symptoms) of suspected abuse on the victim.

How to report a concern:

  • Use our 24/7 Safecall service – both telephone and email – details can be found below. Please use the relevant local Safecall telephone number if you are concerned that the alleged victim is in imminent danger.

All calls and emails to Safecall are treated in complete confidence by an independent team, who will not disclose your name to Tearfund without your explicit permission. If you telephone, and wish to remain anonymous, Safecall will make follow up arrangements with you.

All concerns raised or reported with Safecall will be shared with Tearfund at a senior executive level, and will be investigated thoroughly. Action will be taken in line with our policies.


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 When someone discovers information which they believe shows serious malpractice, unacceptable behaviours, practices or wrongdoing by Tearfund staff and representatives – including staff working for our partners, it is essential that the individual is able to report concerns internally without fear of reprisal, and independent of immediate line management.

Examples of wrongdoing covered by whistleblowing include:

  • Criminal offence e.g. fraud, theft, bribery
  • The breach of a legal obligation e.g. failure to have the right insurance
  • A miscarriage of justice
  • A danger to the health and safety of any individual
  • Damage to the environment
  • The deliberate concealment of information tending to show any of the above five matters

If you have any concerns or allegations about the conduct of a Tearfund staff member or representative, including partner staff, please contact our whistleblowing channel where all comments will be dealt with in confidence. Issues will be investigated and action taken in line with Tearfund’s policies.

How to report a concern:

Use our 24/7 Safecall service – both telephone and email – details can be found below.


We are introducing an independent whistleblowing service by telephone and email, for use when circumstances necessitate an anonymous approach to reporting. This is in partnership with Safecall, an independent external reporting line, who provide an alternative professional and confidential means of reporting your concerns. All calls are treated in complete confidence by independent staff who will not disclose your name to Tearfund, without your explicit permission. If you phone and wish to remain anonymous Safecall will make follow-up arrangements with you.

Contacting Safecall

Please note there are different contact numbers depending on where you are phoning from. Please use the local number for you.

Safecall Phone: 00 800 7233 2255 – Germany calls only.
Staff calling from overseas will find the relevant local Safecall number in the below section:
Safecall Website:
Safecall Email: