Aboout CHILD POLICY:
Child Safety and Protection Policy for Childhood Roads Institute
Childhood Roads Institute’s child protection policy strives to protect children and young people. It is steadfast in its devotion to protecting children and young people at risk and ensuring that they can experience quality care and nurturing relationships. Childhood Roads Institute has put in place guidelines for protecting children in all aspects related to the Children’s Act that impact the nature of work of Childhood Roads Institute’s Board, Staff, interns and volunteers of the organisation to ensure the wellbeing of children impacted by their work. The policy and related procedures should always be in line with any South African legislation pertaining to the SA Children’s Act.
Policy Monitoring and Review
Policy review two-yearly.
DEFINITIONS OF TERMS
For the purposes of this Child Protection Policy, all references to:
‘child’, ‘children‘, ‘young person’, ‘young people’, ‘adolescent’ and ‘adolescents’ – whether singular or plural – are used interchangeably and are taken to refer to those under the age of 18 years, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Children’s Act (no 38 of 2005).
‘Workers’, ‘staff’, ‘volunteers’, are used interchangeably and are taken to refer to anyone interacting with children on behalf of CRI
The purpose of the policy is to inform and guide Board Members, Management, Staff, Partners and members of the public associated with on the promotion of children’s safety, protection, well-being and prevention of harm in all programmes and projects with children and their families.....Read More...
CRI believes that:
1. Child protection is both an individual and Organisation’s responsibility.
2. All children have equal rights to protection from abuse and exploitation and inequalities should be challenged.
3. All children should be encouraged to fulfill their potential.
4. The welfare of children is paramount.
5. Everyone must take precautions and responsibility to help create a safe place for children and support their care and protection. This begins with everyone being well informed and aware of child protection issues.
6. Openness must be encouraged about concerns relating to child protection matters because child abuse thrives on secrecy.
7. Organisations and networks owe a duty of care to the children with whom they work and a responsibility to meet minimum standards of protection for the children in their care.
8. “The best interest of the child” is of paramount importance and will be prioritised in all matters related to child protection.
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR INTERACTIONS WITH CHILDREN
a. The best interests of the child are put first.
b. Respect: every human being - adult and child - has worth and must be respected. Respect is a right for oneself, for others and for property and places that have been made open for children to use.
c. Equality and non-discrimination: these apply to all children across race, culture, beliefs, geography, class, socio-economic circumstances, age, gender, sexual orientation, language and ability – but for equity, children with special needs must have these needs addressed accordingly.
d. Privacy: the right to privacy and confidentiality applies to children and adults.
e. Protection: should be given according to age and capacity.
All activities must be organised to ensure the utmost safety and security of children and take into cognisant the venue or environment that could result in physical injuries especially from traffic accidents, lifts, stair-wells, toilets, upstairs windows, fire-escapes, balconies, swimming pools/rivers. Dangerous play-things such as those containing lead and items hard enough to cause injury eg bats, balls.
f. Children's right to participation is upheld and children meaningfully contribute towards, and negotiate, decisions being made about their lives.
g. Fun and relaxation: Children of all ages including young people have a right to enjoy the activities planned and also to have time for fun and relaxation.
h. Responsibility: Adults involved in the programme have final responsibility for children. Children are invited and encouraged to begin sharing responsibilities and commitment to other people and the programme.
i. Discipline: Follow a disciplinary procedure that has been pre-determined when dealing with problem behaviour.
j. Punishment: no child may be physically punished or verbally abused, shamed or humiliated, nor frightened by any action such as angry shouting or threats. No-one should use force, react in anger, use put-downs, humiliate a child in front of others or reject the child – but make it clear if the behaviour or language is not acceptable.
k. Sexual and romantic relations between adults and child participants (even if considered consensual) are not allowed in any form or under any circumstances.
l. Physical contact: Unnecessary physical contact with children should be avoided. Do not engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games, including horseplay. Do not allow or engage in inappropriate touching of any form. When a child needs individual attention, it is better that the adult with them is of the same gender. Sexually suggestive comments to a child, even as a joke are forbidden....Read Full Version...