Oak Foundation envisages a world in which all children and adults are protected from all forms of abuse and exploitation. Violence, abuse and exploitation of children are global phenomena and Oak sees such acts as crimes against children that have devastating consequences on their development and on societies as a whole.
As a Foundation, Oak supports fundamental human rights, including the human rights of children, but in spite of the existence of international covenants, regional treaties, and domestic laws, the reality is that children are routinely unable to claim their basic rights. Oak Foundation seeks to contribute to a world in which children have the rights, capacity and opportunity to experience safety from violence and to enjoy their full and equal human rights.
Oak Foundation, through its grant-making, addresses a wide range of social justice issues and, in developing this Policy, commits to ensuring that through all of its programmes, it will strive to prevent abuse and promote the safety, protection, wellbeing and development of children. In so doing, Oak also seeks to enhance its reputation as a Foundation of integrity, committed to putting its principles into practice.