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15. Child Protection



All club volunteers should be familiar with the key tenets of child protection. Ensure that all volunteers read and sign the Child Protection Policy.

STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS SHOULD FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES:

  • Do not physically assault, hit, or discipline a child

  • Do not use violence against a child

  • Do not take images of children (photos, videos, etc.) that are detrimental, sexually explicit, or undermining to a child’s dignity in any way

  • Do not develop any type of relationship that will lead to harming a child

  • Do not use language or make statements that are seductive or abusive in any way

  • Do not develop relationships with individuals or organizations that would induce any form of child abuse/trafficking

  • Do not invite a child to a place of residence unsupervised or stay overnight with any child unsupervised

  • Do not abuse your own children or employ child laborers in your own home

AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES:

  • Maintain a secure environment

  • Display basic child protection rules and regulations in child-friendly language

  • Increase the participation of children in the design and implementation of programs affecting their rights and well-being to ensure that assistance responds to their needs and that they are fully aware of the services and resources available to them

  • Form peer protection group amongst the children

  • Organize child awareness programs and prevention strategies to provide knowledge and inform children about abuse

  • Increase access to and confidentiality of complaint mechanisms so that children are more likely to seek help when they feel at risk or have been abused

  • Encourage children to use complaint mechanisms to ‘break the silence’ in cases of abuse

  • Empower children by building confidence and like skills to cope with at-risk situations

  • Provide children with information on where to go for help and advice in relation to abuse

  • Foster an environment of respect, trust and accountability so that children feel comfortable talking about their problems and respect children’s boundaries

  • Be willing to challenge abusive or exploitative behavior at an early stage

  • Be able to recognize and avoid situations that may create risk for a child

  • Increase the number of female staff members, particularly in activities that affect girls

  • Avoid unhealthy attachments with children

  • Act responsibly and minimize risks when in contact with children who display sexualized or inappropriate behavior

  • Visiting guidelines should be displayed and followed strictly

  • Make staff and volunteers aware of sanctions for failing to respect the policy


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