ABCs and Rice

Empowering the poor, through education and community support,
to break the cycle of poverty.

Child Protection Policy

Interacting with the children outside of the ABC’s and Rice project

 
While there is so much fun and laughter to be had, there is also a very serious side to volunteering. It’s easy to form favorites (even though we know we shouldn’t) and want to take a child or children somewhere special or buy them something as a treat out side of school hours. Besides creating jealousy and rivalry there is a worse consequence to consider. Unfortunately, having positive experiences like this with you, can lead a child into a false sense of security and wanting to replicate the experience with another, only to find the next foreigner they spend time alone with may not be as well-intentioned as you. Terrible things have happened as a result of this and for this reason we have the following rules for ALL volunteers/visitors to abide by.

 

 The children’s long term safety and well being are our highest priority.

 

POLICY;

 

 * NO children are to be taken on a motorbike, tuk-tuk or car without arrangements made by and with the directors of ABC’s and Rice.

 

 

 

* NO children are to be taken to your guesthouse or accommodation (under any circumstance). This is an offence and punishable by Cambodian law.

 

* NO socializing with the children outside the school grounds except for a friendly hello.

 

* NO children are allowed to be singled-out with special attention or gifts.
Please refer to our child protection policy for further detail.

 

 

Introduction

Child abuse happens in all societies throughout the world. The child abuser can be anyone, including those who work/care for children.

 

The UN convention on the Right of Child states that: All children have equal rights to protection from abuse and exploitation.

 

Everybody has responsibility to support the care and protection of children. The duty bearers are accountable to eradicate child abuse.

Based on the above we are obligated and committed to ensuring that children involved with our programs are protected from any form of abuse.

 

Definition

A child means every person below the age of eighteen years old.

Child abuse means sexual abuse or other physical or mental harm deliberately caused to a child. Our Child Protection Policy is a statement of intent that demonstrates a commitment to safeguard children from harm and makes clear to all, exactly what is required in relation to the protection of children. It helps to create a safe and positive environment for children and to show that the organization is taking its duty of care seriously.

 

 

Statement of commitment

As a community support / child based organization, The first priority of ABC’s and Rice is the safety and well being of the children under its care.

We are committed to a strict child protection policy to ensure the children are not exposed to abuse, exploitation, violence or neglect.

 

Best interest of the child: The best interest of the child will be the primary

consideration of all ABC’s and Rice staff.  All decisions and actions concerning a child will serve the best interest of the child. When weighing up alternatives ABC’s and rice will seek to ensure that final decision or action arrived at will be that in which the child receives the maximum benefit possible.

We will at all the times consider the impact that any decision or action will have on the child and ensure the positive impacts outweigh any negative impacts.

 

Non-Discrimination: ABC’s and Rice will enforce strict policies of non-discrimination at all times and all children will be treated equally with love and respect.

 

 

Participation and Self-Determination: ABC’s and Rice abides by the principle that a child has the right to have his or her views taken into account in accordance with their age, development and family wishes in major decisions affecting their life. They will be given the opportunity to express their ideas and views and be heard on all the matters affecting them. ABC’s and Rice will in all cases give serious considering to the child’s wishes (and those of their legal guardians; where appropriate) throughout the decision-making process. All children have the right to terminate their relationship with the ABC’s and Rice project.

 

ABC’s and Rice aims to provide safe and friendly environments where children can learn and grow in a healthy way.

The guidelines in this Child Protection Policy are set out to protect both the child from abuse and the adult from false accusation.

 

ABC’s and Rice will:

* Respect the rights and dignity of the children, their families and the communities with whom we work, and always act according to the best interest of children.

* Demonstrate commitment to actively prevent any form of child abuse

* Take positive action to prevent child abusers from becoming involved with ABC’s and Rice in any way. Furthermore, stringent measures will promptly be taken against any ABC’s and Rice associate who commits any form of untoward activity(s).

 

To ensure the above commitment, ABC’s and Rice is committed to upholding

* The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child

* Cambodian constitution, especially article 41 and 42  (see below)

* The Cambodian current and future laws regarding children’s rights and anti-trafficking.

* Positive standard and cultural practice

  

WHO THIS POLICY APPLIES TO AND OWNS RESPONSIBILITY FOR

IMPLEMENTATION

This policy applies to all associates of ABC’s and Rice: volunteers, visitors, employees, prospective employees, donors, any partner organization members and all current or future board members.

 

The ABC’s and Rice directors will show due diligence in ensuring that the Child

Protection Policy is dispatched and understood by all associates and volunteers.

All potential volunteers and/or associates must acknowledge their receipt and understanding of responsibilities under the policy.

ABC’s and Rice will show due diligence in ensuring the Child Protection Policy remains relevant and effective.

ABC’s and Rice directors will consistently monitor all risks pertaining to the children and when needed, create any necessary changes to the Child Protection Policy.

ABC’s and Rice will advise and assist all associates in the implementation of the policy.

The ABC’s and Rice director(s) will be responsible for the effective implementation of the Child Protection Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 VISITORS TO THE CENTRE

* All visitors and volunteers must sign off on receipt and understanding of the policy, as well they are to be escorted by a staff member at all times whilst on school property.

* No unannounced visitors or volunteers should be allowed in without informing an  ABC’s and Rice director or senior staff member, unless prior authority has been granted.

* All visitors must be closely monitored by ABC’s and Rice staff or volunteers, no visitor

can be left alone, with or without children when in the school area.

 

 PHOTOGRAPHY

 Your time spent with ABC’s and Rice will be a very memorable part of your journeys, in fact many volunteers describe the experience as “a life changing experience”. That being said, photography is only permitted if ABC’s and Rice management gives approval, after which point it is up to the individual children to determine whether or not they wish to be photographed. Children should be adequately clothed in photograph or images taken of them and not

in posses that could be interpreted as sexually suggestive.

As well, any photos taken are NOT to be displayed in public, posted on the internet or used in any means other than personal memories unless permission is expressly granted by an ABC’s and Rice director.

 

 PERSONNEL RECRUITMENT, SCREENING AND ORIENTATION

 Advertisement for job vacancies will make clear that ABC’s and Rice is committed to child protection and that prospective employee’s commitment to child protection must be a condition of any employment.

* All prospective associates will be informed of our Child Protection Policy at the start of any recruiting process.

* Screening of applicants will include a written application, personal interviews prior to entry of any centres run or associated with ABC’s and Rice, a copy of passport and one additional piece of photographic identification, a permission form granting ABC’s and Rice the ability to conduct a criminal records or police search from your home country, and a list of  references.

*. Expatriates will be subject to the same background checks as possible and permissible by law in their home countries.

* ABC’s and Rice reserves the right to terminate a contract with any party if deemed necessary for any reason.

* The Child Protection Policy will be reviewed during new staff orientation. And a copy of this signed document will be added to each file.

 

 

 

 

I _____________________________________________ have read, understood, and

                (Name of prospective associate)

agree to adhere to all of the above policies as set in place by ABC’s and Rice.

 

If responding by email state acceptance of terms of child protection policy.

You will receive a hardcopy to sign once you arrive.

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