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Safeguarding Children

The Government of Pitcairn Island believes that all children on Pitcairn Island are entitled to live in a safe and nurturing environment. All residents of and visitors to Pitcairn must respect the rights of children. Anyone not doing so should expect to be challenged.

The Government and people of Pitcairn Island and HMG have worked together to establish and maintain robust child safeguarding policies, procedures and standards on Pitcairn Island. These remain constantly under review.

Our standards:
  • Children’s safety is paramount.
  • We will not tolerate any form of physical, mental or sexual abuse or neglect of children.
  • We will work together to create and support a safe and healthy environment for children living on and visiting Pitcairn.
  • We will encourage and enable children to fulfil their potential.

We will do this by:
  • Establishing and applying appropriate legislation and policies.
  • Upholding the rights of children through policy and the law if needed.
  • Providing information to residents and visitors about expected behaviours.
  • Reporting and challenging any inappropriate behaviour.
  • Educating our children about keeping themselves safe.
  • Listening to and respecting what children tell us.

Measures to safeguard children are underpinned by law in the form of Pitcairn’s Children Ordinance Revised Edition 2014, and supported by island policy and practice, including the Child Wellbeing Charter, the Policy for Safeguarding Children and biennial Child Safety Reviews, the latest of which was carried out in November 2017 by Child Matters. A reconciliation workshop took place in August 2017, in which a large majority of the community came together to acknowledge and learn from the past and agreed to continue to work for a positive future for Pitcairn’s children.

Updated March 2018