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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.


  • 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


  • 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

Child Protection Policy
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