Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

I have downloaded read and understood the Child Protection Policy and agree to adhere to it and the associated procedures in their entirety. Please read following below, and also sign below. 

I WILL:

 

  1. Get permission from NCC before entering and running any programs at their shelters, and if they are not present then will not commence any activities.

  2. Treat children with dignity and respect regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.

  3. Listen to children, take their concerns seriously, and allow them to have a say in the decisions that affect them.

  4. Provide children with a safe and protective environment.

  5. Ensure that, whether residing in or visiting a country, I will always abide by Australian and local laws in regards to child protection and child labour at all times.

  6. Ensure I am not in a position where there is a risk of an allegation being made.

  7. Adhere to the two-adult policy of not being alone in the company of a child without another adult present. In situations where another adult is not present for unavoidable reasons, I will ensure I only engage with children in public open places in view of other adults.

  8. Be committed to creating a culture of openness and mutual accountability in my work place, to enable all child protection issues or concerns to be raised and discussed and where abusive behavior is challenged.

  9. Immediately report any concerns or allegations I have of child abuse in accordance with the reporting procedures outlined in this policy.

  10. Immediately disclose to Children’s Fortress Africa any charges or convictions I have or that arise that relate to child abuse or exploitation.

  11. Comply with the media guidelines of the Children Protection Policy.

 

 

I WILL NOT:

 

  1. I will not visit an orphanage whilst in Kenya.  CFA are strong advocates for children living in families.  We only allow visitors to our project work with Nairobi City County shelters to engage management of the centres and not engage  children of the shelters.  These shelters are intended to be short term accommodation rehabilitation centres and our active aim is to reintegrate children of these centres where willing to be living with a family. 

  2. Engage children under the age of 18 in any form of sexual intercourse or sexual activity, including paying for sexual services or acts.

  3. Use language or behaviour towards children that is inappropriate or sexually provocative.

  4. Physically assault or abuse children.

  5. Hit, smack or otherwise physically assault, punish or abuse children, even where this may be culturally acceptable.

  6. Touch (including holding, hugging and kissing) a child in a way that is unnecessary or inappropriate to the culture or circumstance.

  7. Do things of a personal nature for a child that they could do for themselves (such as assistance with toileting, bathing or changing clothes). Where a child cannot do such things for themselves, I will ensure I follow the two-adult rule.

  8. Spend time with a child alone, take a child to my own home or visit a child where I may be alone with that child. In the case where I have a friendship with the parents, which is not based on a position of trust, authority or dependency, and the parents give permission for me to care for the child, I may do so whilst maintaining the other commitments of this code.

  9. Sleep in the same bed as a child.

  10. Sleep in the same room as a child. If a child is sick, in hospital, in residential care or, for another reason, the child cannot sleep in a room alone and I am unable to organise a family member to stay with the child, I will ensure that I follow the “two-adult rule” and that neither adult sleeps in the same bed as the child.

 

  1. Not enter the dormitory of a child at the rehabilitation shelters without the presence of NCC centre management staff.

  2. Show favouritism to children or give children preferential treatment based on (but not limited to) their age, race, gender, religion or place in local society.

  3. Use language or behaviour towards children that is intended to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade children or otherwise perpetrate any form of emotional abuse.

  4. Conduct or be part of harmful traditional practices, spiritual or ritualistic abuse.

  5. Hire children for domestic or other labour which is inappropriate given their age or developmental stage, which interferes with their time available for education and recreational activities, which places them at significant risk of injury or which does not adhere to child labour laws.

  6. Be intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs prior to, or whilst, engaging with any child.

  7. Utilise workers/volunteers who pose a known risk to children’s safety.

  8. Put photos, videos or other identifying information of a child on social media without informed consent from the child and his/her parents/guardians.

  9. Use any form of media and technology (including but not limited to computers, mobile phones, video cameras, cameras or social media) to exploit or harass children.

  10. View or access child pornography through any source or medium.

  11. Visitors will not exchange personal contact details with children.

  12. Be alone in the company of a child without another adult present. In situations where another adult is not present for unavoidable reasons, I will ensure I only engage with children in public open places in view of other adults.

 

 

 

I understand that it is my responsibility to keep up to date with the latest Children’s Fortress Africa child protection information. It is also my responsibility to ensure that I adhere to the above Code of Conduct.

 

Signed:                                                                                                   Date: