It's a Penalty (registered: Happy Child International Foundation)

It's a Penalty (registered: Happy Child International Foundation)

Charity information

It's a Penalty (registered: Happy Child International Foundation)

It's a Penalty is the global movement to prevent child abuse, exploitation and trafficking, both online and offline. Harnessing the power of sport, we achieve massive change through highly-targeted Campaign work around major sporting events, positioning these events as platforms for positive change. Alongside our Campaigns, we also focus on Advocacy work - advocating for the global enactment of extraterritorial legislation against child exploitation and promoting robust Safeguarding mechanisms.

Founded 2015

  • Mission statement

    We believe that every child deserves a brighter future protected from violence. We work in accordance with the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, advocating that 'protection from any exploitation, abuse and violence is the right of every child'.

    Our work and mission came about as a result of our founder, Sarah de Carvalho's, encounter with a young girl named Rose living on the streets of Brazil. Rose had been forced to leave home at the end of 11; her mother had made her work and live on the streets as there was no food at home. Soon, Rose found herself being exploited by a pimp and locked into an unending cycle of abuse. At the age of 16, when she met Sarah, she had already given birth to two children - both of she was unable to care for. Having spoken to Sarah about how she came to be on the streets, she begged Sarah to help her and others like her. To us, Rose represents millions of vulnerable children around the world. Thus, we are working towards a world where child abuse, exploitation and trafficking do not exist, in which every child can grow up free from violence.

    Our ultimate goal is to eradicate child abuse, exploitation and trafficking by 2030, contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals' Target 16. 2 'to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking, torture and all forms of violence against children'.

  • Aims

    It's a Penalty (registered: Happy Child International Foundation) aims to:

    • We aim to eradicate the abuse, exploitation and trafficking of children worldwide by the year 2030 - in line with the targeted achievement of the UN SDGs.
    • We aim to increase awareness of the issues of child abuse, exploitation and trafficking globally - bringing a once hidden issue to the forefront of global consciousness.
    • We aim to have extraterritorial legislation against child exploitation enacted in all 52 Commonwealth states by the year 2022 - it currently only exists in 6.
    • We aim to influence the introduction of robust child safeguarding mechanisms worldwide - particularly focusing on hotlines through which child abuse, exploitation and trafficking can be reported.
    • We aim to encourage the prioritisation of child protection for all major sporting events, as well as on a global scale.
  • Overview

    Established: May 2015

    Registered Charity Number: 1116809

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 1

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 2

    Phone number: 01372 375848

    Address: The Leatherhead Institute, 67 The High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey UK KT22 8AH

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