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Edit Comment Close Premium member Presentation Transcript In the best interest of children : In the best interest of children Child Protection Policy and Behavioral Protocol Slide 2: It is a guideline that operationalise Plan’s global commitment to the protection of Filipino children and the prevention of child abuse. What is the child protection policy? Slide 3: There is mandatory requirement to all Plan staff and associates to report any witnessed, suspected or alleged incident of child abuse or violation of the CP Policy What is the child protection policy? Child Protection issues to be considered : Child Protection issues to be considered Employment of children in the firm/construction Child abuse issue within the organization/company (is it tolerated or ignored) Employment of children as house helpers Have you witnessed an incident of child abuse in the community? What was your action undertaken? How do you hire your staff? Are there any measures employed to prevent your company from employing any person with previous records of child abuse? Slide 5: Understanding child abuse and child protection The UN-CRC rests on 4 foundation Principles in relation to the protection of children Non-Discrimination (Article 2) 2. Best Interest of the child (Article 3) 3. The child’s right to life, survival and development (Article 6) 4. Respect for the views of the child (Article 12) UN-CRC Slide 6: Any Plan associate, partners, visitor (sponsor/ donor, etc.) should observe the child protection policy at all times Prepared by: Jesus “Jess” S. Far Country Program Coordinator for Child Protection Plan Philippines – August 9, 2004 Slide 7: What is the content? It contains the procedures on how to deal with an abused child, or when a child, a member of the local community or anyone employed by or associated with Plan raises an allegation or concern about a child Slide 8: What is the aim of this Policy? To introduce the issue of child protection: 1. within the organization & its partners 2. at the local or community level 3. ascertain what child protection mean to the community Slide 9: To whom does this guideline apply to? Every person involved with Plan should be made aware of the Guidelines and have access to them. Slide 10: Understanding child abuse and child protection Child and young persons – a child or young person is regarded to be any person under the age of 18 years, unless a nation’s laws recognize adulthood earlier. (RA 7610, below 18 years old). Slide 11: Understanding child abuse and child protection Child protection – The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is universally identified as the basis for child protection. UN-CRC Slide 12: Understanding child abuse and child protection UN-CRC Articles relevant to the definition of Child protection in this guidelines Article 16: the right to protection from interference with privacy, family, home and correspondence, and from libel/slander. UN-CRC Slide 13: Understanding child abuse and child protection UN-CRC Articles relevant to the definition of Child protection in this guidelines Article 17: the right to protection in the media and access to appropriate information. UN-CRC Slide 14: Understanding child abuse and child protection UN-CRC Articles relevant to the definition of Child protection in this guidelines 3. Article 34: the child’s right to protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, including prostitution and involvement in pornography. UN-CRC Slide 15: Understanding child abuse and child protection UN-CRC Articles relevant to the definition of Child protection in this guidelines 4. Article 35: the right to protection from the sale, trafficking and abduction of children. UN-CRC Slide 16: Understanding child abuse and child protection Children are the subject of their own rights and should be made aware of their rights to express concerns regarding abuse. Child Rights Slide 17: Understanding child abuse and child protection Child Abuse Child abuse occurs when a child experiences harm, usually as the result of failure on the part of the parent or guardian to ensure a reasonable standard of care and protection. Slide 18: Understanding child abuse and child protection Child Abuse Child abuse can be physical, emotional, and/or sexual. Abuse can also include neglect and harassing behaviors like bullying Slide 19: Understanding child abuse and child protection Impact of Child Abuse Child abuse damages children physically, emotionally and behaviorally. The impact can result in both initial effects and long-term consequences on the individual, on their family and on the community. Slide 20: Understanding child abuse and child protection Impact of Child Abuse It is widely accepted that any form of child abuse can produce traumatic short and/or long term effects on children. Slide 21: Understanding child abuse and child protection Abuse happens to male and female children of all ages, ethnicity and social backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and political persuasion. Slide 22: Understanding child abuse and child protection Impact of Child Abuse The impact of abuse is determined by the duration, the relationship of the perpetrator to the victim, the age of the child when it occurred, the response of the parents/adults/caregivers and the nature and extent of abuse. Slide 23: Understanding child abuse and child protection Both boys and girls can be the victims of abuse, and abuse can be inflicted on a child by both men and women as well as by young people themselves. Slide 24: Understanding child abuse and child protection In some cases professionals and other adults working with children in a position of trust also abuse children. Slide 25: Understanding child abuse and child protection It is also recognized that physically challenged children are more vulnerable to neglect. Prejudice and discrimination can prevent some children getting the help they need. Slide 26: Understanding child abuse and child protection The differential treatment of children with disabilities means they are more likely to suffer severe maltreatment and neglect, sometimes resulting in death. Slide 27: Reporting of Child Protection Issues Child protection issues must be reported immediately within 48 hours in order to protect the victims from Further abuse, secure evidence and so That action can be taken in relation to the alleged perpetrator . Slide 28: Behavioural Protocols Behavioral Protocols are designed to protect children but also are intended to protect staff and or Plan visitors from false accusations of inappropriate behavior or abuse. Slide 29: Plan associates or sponsors should never use language, make suggestions or offer advice that is inappropriate, offensive or abusive Some basic protocols… Slide 30: Never behave physically in a matter which is inappropriate or sexually provocative Never do things for children of a personal nature that they can do for themselves Never condone, or participate in, behaviour of children which is illegal, unsafe or abusive Never act in ways intended to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade children, or otherwise perpetrate any form of emotional abuse Some basic behavioral protocols… Slide 31: Never hit or otherwise physically assault or physically abuse children Never develop physical/sexual relationships with children When in the community with other children, never discriminate against, show differential treatment, or favor a particular child to the exclusion of others Some basic behavioral protocols… Slide 32: Never develop relationships with children which could in any way be deemed exploitative or abusive Never spend time alone with children away from others Never fondle, hold, kiss, hug or touch children in an inappropriate or culturally insensitive manner Avoid use of language that implies a relationship of power. Some basic behavioral protocols… Slide 33: Recruitment and Screening Procedures Staff, Consultants and Volunteers: There is an agreed procedures on safe recruiting of staff and assessing their suitability to work with children Slide 34: Recruitment and Screening Procedures Staff, Consultants and Volunteers: A range of selection measures and pre- employment checks are carried out on all Plan staff and associates (e.g. criminal records checks) Slide 35: Recruitment and Screening Procedures Pre-employment checks: Promoting a supportive working environment where employees fee safe in expressing and reporting their concerns. Slide 36: Recruitment and Screening Procedures CODE OF CONDUCT: Awareness is raised on Plan’s Code of Conduct, its implications for conduct towards children, consequences of breaching the Code are made clear and links to disciplinary action. Slide 37: The consent of the child and his/her parents or guardians should always be obtained before a photograph or image is taken and used. Only use photographs/images that are decent and respectful; never show children as victims In taking photographs Slide 38: Prior to photo taking, assess the local cultural/social traditions in connection with pre-production of personal images (i.e. taboos against photo taking). Children should be adequately clothed in photographs or images taken of them and not in poses that could be interpreted as sexually suggestive In taking photographs Slide 39: The photo/image of the child should not be used in anyway to expose his/her identity. Personal or physical information that could identify the location of a child within a country should not be used in any form of communication about a child. In taking photographs Slide 40: Moral and legal responsibility to protect children It helps to create child-safe’ organizations A strong policy will guide us in dealing with difficult situations Organizations without policies are vulnerable to false or malicious accusations of abuse Without proper policies, guidelines and procedures whether founded or unfounded, can destroy an organization’s reputation Reasons why child protection policies and procedures are important? Slide 41: Support Services Support Services may be extended to the child and his/her family such as transportation and medical, psychological/ psychiatric for the healing and recovery, alternative support such as livelihood or employment opportunities and legal counsel when identified as necessary. Slide 42: “Say NO to Child Abuse” This should be signed by any visitor coming to the field and interacting with children I have understood the presentation/information and will abide by Plan’s child protection policy: _______________________________ NAME AND SIGNATURE OF VISITOR _______________________________ DATE OF VISIT Attested by: ________________________________ NAME AND SIGNATURE OF PLAN STAFF DATE:___________________________ You do not have the permission to view this presentation. In order to view it, please contact the author of the presentation.