Child Protection Policy-CHAB Schools, Siem Reap.

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Protect Vulnerable Children From Abuses

Protect Vulnerable Children From Abuses

Introduction

CHAB’s Child Protection Policy has been developed in order to provide a clear framework for managing and reducing the risks of child abuse by persons engaged in volunteering or working at CHAB and delivering CHAB’s program activities.

The policy applies to all members of the CHAB management team and staff, our overseas business partners and any sponsors, visitors or volunteers who will come into contact with children through CHAB. All enquiries about this policy should be directed to: info@humanitycambodia.org.

Purpose of this Child Protection Policy

Child abuse happens in all societies throughout the world. Child abusers can be anyone including those who work with or care for children.

All children have equal rights to protection from abuse and exploitation. Everyone has the responsibility to support the care and protection of children. We are all accountable and have a duty to help eradicate child abuse.

This child protection policy articulates CHAB’s zero tolerance approach to child abuse and child pornography. It provides a framework for managing and reducing risks of child abuse by persons engaged in delivering CHAB’s program activities.

The policy’s overall goal is to protect children from abuse of all kinds in the delivery of CHAB’s program activities. The policy outlines practical steps to increase CHAB’s capacity to manage and reduce risks of child abuse. While it is not possible to eliminate risk entirely, much can be done to reduce opportunities for child abuse.

Definition

Child means any human being below the age of eighteen years of age.

Child abuse includes sexual exploitation, physical and or mental harm deliberately caused to a child.

Sexual abuse is when someone involves a child in a sexual activity by using their power over them or taking advantage of their trust. Often children are bribed or threatened physically and psychologically to make them participate in the activity.

Physical abuse is a non-accidental injury or pattern of injuries to a child caused by a parent, caregiver or any other person.

Psychological abuse can occur where the behavior of the parent or caregiver damages the confidence and self-esteem of the child, resulting in serious emotional deprivation or trauma.

Child Abuse is Crime

CHAB’s Child Protection Policy is a statement of intent that demonstrates a commitment to safeguard children from harm. It makes clear all requirements in relation to the protection of children. The policy helps to create a safe and positive environment for children and shows that the organization is taking its duty of care seriously.

Child Abuse is Crime

CHAB’s Child Protection Policy is a statement of intent that demonstrates a commitment to safeguard children from harm. It makes clear all requirements in relation to the protection of children. The policy helps to create a safe and positive environment for children and shows that the organization is taking its duty of care seriously.

Recognizing Signs of Abuse

Recognizing indications of potential abuse is complex and there is no simple checklist to allow easy recognition. There are potential warning signs that you can be alert to but they should be observed and assessed with care. It should not be automatically assumed that abuse is occurring, and talking to the child may reveal something quite innocent. It is important, however, not to dismiss significant changes in behavior, fears, worries, and physical indicators a child is exhibiting. Do not ignore these signs, but remember it is not your role to become an investigator. Report any concerns to a CHAB Child Protection Agent. Apply now...

CHAB’s Statement of Commitment

CHAB’s first priority is the safety and well-being of the children under its care. Our strict Child Protection Policy will endeavor to ensure that children are not exposed to abuse, exploitation, violence or neglect. Our guidelines protect both the child from abuse and adults from false accusations.

Zero tolerance of child abuse: Child abuse is not tolerated by CHAB, nor is possession of, or access to, child pornography. CHAB actively manages risks of child abuse associated with delivering its program activities and trains its management, overseas business partners and all sponsors and volunteers who come into contact with children through the CHAB organization on their obligations. CHAB will not knowingly engage with, directly or indirectly, anyone who poses an unacceptable risk to children or associates with any individual or organization that does not meet CHAB’s child protection compliance standards in their operations and activities.

Recognition of the best interests of the child

 CHAB recognizes that some children, such as children with disabilities and children living in areas impacted by disasters (natural or conflict based), are particularly vulnerable. All decisions and actions concerning a child will always be made in the best interests of the child. CHAB will enforce a policy of non-discrimination at all times and all children will be treated equally with love and respect.

Sharing responsibility for child protection: To effectively manage risks to children, CHAB requires the active support and cooperation of all personnel engaged in implementing CHAB’s program activities. All personnel must meet the terms of this child protection policy and will be held accountable for complying with it.

Participation and Self- Determination: CHAB abides by the principle that a child has the right to have his or her views taken into account in major decisions affecting their life in accordance with their age development They will be given the opportunity to express their ideas and views and be heard on matters which affect them. CHAB aims to provide safe and friendly environments where children can develop and grow in a healthy way.

Use of risk management approach: While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of child abuse, careful management can reduce the incidence of child abuse associated with aid activities. This policy introduces risk assessments and treatments for a range of recognized risks to children.

Implementation of this Policy

Ensure coordinated policy implementation

To ensure coordinated implementation of the policy, CHAB has a team of four on ground Child Protection Agents (CPAs).

The team consists of two female and two male personnel. The CPAs’ responsibilities include promoting child protection throughout the organization, coordinating and facilitating training and procedures for the CHAB staff and management team, overseas business partners and all sponsors, visitors and volunteers who come into contact with children through the CHAB organization. The CPAs are also responsible for monitoring internal and external policy compliance and coordinating policy reviews. The CPAs also serves as the central contact points for enquiries (internal and external) about child abuse and child protection.

 

Increase awareness of child protection issues

Staff and volunteers

A key step in reducing risks to children when delivering program activities is to increase awareness of risks and how to manage them. CHAB’s staff and management team receive training on child protection issues and on their obligations under the policy, including mandatory reporting of concerns or allegations of abuse. Training will also be provided to long term volunteers upon induction and before they travel overseas to conduct work on behalf of CHAB. Training is also provided to all personnel at CHAB and those attached to CHAB’s overseas business partners. CHAB sponsors who request contact with children associated with CHAB are screened, trained, provided with procedures and are escorted during meetings by staff.

All sponsors who request contact with children associated with CHAB must first sign a CHAB Code of Conduct and undergo a National Police Check, or equivalent, with their country of abode.

The best way to protect children is to empower them to protect themselves

Awareness programs for parents, children and the wider community

CHAB conducts child protection awareness programs for families and the wider community on the following issues:

·         The rights of the child and healthy

·         parenting.

·         The danger of ‘grooming’ from

·         strangers.

·         Child sex trafficking.

Enhance internal procedures for handling           complaints relating to child abuse

CHAB has internal procedures for handling complaints related to child abuse, including child pornography. The procedures outline obligations and responsibilities for reporting on and managing concerns about inappropriate behavior. It is mandatory for members of the CHAB management team, staff, volunteers, sponsors and CHAB’s overseas business partners to immediately report to the CHAB Child Protection Agents any concerns relating to child abuse and child pornography by anyone covered by the policy. If any of the CHAB Child Protection Agents are the cause for concern then the CHAB Managing Director or the local Police will be informed. (Refer to Procedures Regarding Complaints)

 

 

Ensure appropriate use of communication systems

CHAB’s guidelines on appropriate use of its communication systems cover child pornography. Using any system to access child pornography is illegal and will be dealt with promptly, including immediate reporting to relevant law enforcement agencies.

Incorporate child protection strategies into risk management procedures

Under this policy, risks of child abuse are now assessed as part of the initial risk assessment for program activities. Procedures have been developed to ensure these risks are assessed efficiently and that effective risk management strategies are in place. Risks to children identified during initial risk assessments are managed throughout program activity implementation.

Ensure risks to children are managed in disaster situations

CHAB recognizes that children living in areas impacted by disasters (natural or conflict based) are particularly vulnerable. All personnel implementing CHAB’s disaster response activities must comply with the policy’s child protection compliance standards. Risks to children must always be considered when developing disaster response activities.

Responsibilities of CHAB supporters

CHAB is committed to the welfare of children and their protection from abuse and exploitation. Every person who engages in the work of CHAB, including the CHAB staff and management team, sponsors, volunteers and our overseas business partners, share in the responsibility to take every precaution to protect the children and families we serve.

Child imagery and child protection

CHAB is committed to protecting the security, privacy, and dignity of the children whose parents, guardians and community leaders have graciously allowed them to be a part of our child and family sponsorship programs. The policies below describe how we protect children in relation to the web sponsorship process.

Security: Children have the right to be completely secure from the fear or reality of any potential abuse (either physical or emotional) resulting from an inappropriate contact by a sponsor or any other person. CHAB will only release limited information about the children. We don’t include last names, community names or locations, or any other information that might identify the location of the child. We intentionally withhold this information until after the identity of the sponsor is verified. Sponsors of children/families must also agree not to attempt to contact a sponsored child, his or her family or community members, in any manner other than that prescribed and permitted by CHAB. Telephone calls, emails or unplanned visits to the child’s residence and community are not allowed by any CHAB sponsor, visitor or volunteer.

Privacy: We take potential misuse of child photographs on the web very seriously. Children and their families must be assured that CHAB is protecting the integrity of the information about them that has been given, including photographs. Privacy also demands that children, their families and communities be shielded from any potential inappropriate contact from sponsors or others. For this reason, CHAB does not allow downloading, copying, or replicating photos or other information relating to children and their communities on our website without our prior written permission. Child/family profiles are presented for the purpose of conveying appropriate information about the sponsorship relationship, and are not to be distributed.

Dignity: The lives of children, their families, and members of their community should be represented with accuracy and dignity. All photographs, films, videos and DVDs must present children in a dignified and respectful manner and not in a vulnerable or submissive manner. Children must be adequately clothed and not in poses that could be seen as sexually suggestive. We consider the children and families we work with as our partners, together helping to bring holistic transformation to communities living in poverty. We seek the full, informed consent of parents, guardians, and/or community leaders for a child’s participation in our child sponsorship program.

Review child protection policy regularly

CHAB’s Child Protection Policy will be reviewed every three years or earlier if warranted, and lessons learned incorporated into subsequent versions.