POLICY - putting a proposal for funding to the infant trust

Your proposed project must fit into one of our four categories for funding; the categories are:

  1. Assistance for abused and/or vulnerable children through supporting volunteers and staff working in the community, crisis centres, in protection services, in children’s centres and/or setting up and running diversion schemes
  2. Provision of more safe places for defenceless and abused children – particularly orphans and vulnerable infants/children
  3. Developing and funding training programmes to enable people to understand, identify and deal with suspected abuse; to protect children and/or to prevent new or further abuse. Training could be for:
    1. volunteer workers,
    2. community and outreach workers,
    3. nursery and crèche workers,
    4. traditional healers and home workers
    5. young men/boys at risk of abuse or becoming abusers
  4. Raising awareness through research and publicity campaigns

Unless your project fits into one of these groups we will not even consider funding.

We aim to keep the process as simple as possible but ask that the following be included:

Please tell us:

On agreement to go ahead we then draw up a service level agreement {SLA} for us both to sign and when agreed, off we go - the SLA includes the responsibilities of the infant trust and the provider, including money flow and reporting arrangements. It is expected that a representative of the infant trust will visit the project at least once, if not more times

Remember, we do not pay for:

And everything must be focused on the protection and safety of small children, and how this project will help.

Guidance for reporting back on projects

These reports are not just an assessment of where the money has gone, but how we can learn and how we can develop projects to have more and better impact on protecting small children.  It is our intention to work in partnership with you and support your work; as such it is much more positive to be open about what worked and what didn’t work so we can work together to get it better, and improve it/make it more relevant next time.  Therefore each evaluation report should include:

  1. Dates, times and venues of activity
  2. Expenditure breakdown
  3. Whether the project worked out in the way it was planned, and if not, what happened to change things – be honest, it might have been a local strike or heavy rains!
  4. Whether all the planned participants got involved and, again, if not, why not? Can we make it more appropriate next time?
  5. An evaluation of the status of trainees [if a training] or the local situation at the beginning of the project
  6. Some personal stories of participants and any noted changes during the progression of the project
  7. Comments from the participants
  8. One particular personal story
  9. Some quotes from participants’ - these might be negative, positive or ambivalent – we all have to learn
  10. What has happened as a result of the project?
  11. Any likely impact on children/families
  12. Any potential next steps
  13. Anything else you wish to add


This policy was once again reviewed and formally agreed at a meeting of the Board in June 2015. It will be reviewed again in 2018.

Lesley Rudd

Lesley Rudd
Chief Executive

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We are not sending any more toys to South Africa. If you would like to donate then please contact the lovely people at: http://theteddytrust.wixsite.com/home

We are proud and honoured that our work has been recognised by the UK Prime Minister, and that he has given Lesley his Point of Light award, stating
With the Infant Trust Lesley has empowered thousands of women across South Africa to protect and safeguard children in their communities. The education and training she has provided has helped to improve the lives of over 800,000 children, tackling the violence and abuse that affects too many of them in their early years. As we mark International Women’s Day this week I am delighted to recognise all that Lesley has done.”
You can find the full story at https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/2268-2/
Why are so many small children abused by male perpetrators in South Africa? Our researcher interviewed 27 perpetrators in prison in South Africa; all are in jail after being found guilty of some of the most terrible crimes against some of the most vulnerable children – some as young as a few days old. Those interviewed are all men aged between 16 years and 84 years old, and all have brutalised and raped at least one child. But the findings aren’t maybe what we might expect – it makes interesting reading.  We have been funding research into this for 5 years and it is finally finished and published .

Our flagship Caring for Crèches programme has reached into some of the poorest communities in five of the nine provinces in South Africa and we have crèche leaders everywhere clamouring for the training. We have now trained over 2,200 people and they in turn have already positively impacted on the lives of over 160,000 children … and will continue to help many hundreds more children for years to come