Child protection policy and codes of conduct

The Children Support Centre provides child abuse prevention and assistance for the victims of child abuse. The following principles express the values of the Centre and set out the steps for protecting children. The children are all people under 18.

Our values, principles and beliefs

  • Violence against children is a violation of children's rights and is unacceptable.
  • Organization is committed to safeguarding all children, irrespective of ability, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexuality and culture. 
  • These principles apply to all Centre's volunteers and staff. 
  • Preventing harm to children is a commitment staff and volunteers make whilst at work and outside of work. 
  • Partners with whom we work undertake to respect at least the minimum of child protection principles.

 

Safe recruitment

  • Criminal background check for sexual crimes is obligated for all new volunteers and employees.
  • A future volunteer and employee will be checked for suitability for work with children.
  • A future volunteer and employee will be familiarized with Child protection policy and Code of conduct. All volunteers and employees commit to adhere to implement Child protection policy and Code of conduct and signs the document before the start of their work.

 

Education/training

  • Volunteers and employees are aware of the problem of violence against children and of children's risks. Ongoing trainings, seminars and conferences are organized to keep volunteers and employees up to date with a topic.
  • Information about the problem of violence against children and of children's risks is available on Centre's homepage www.pvc.lt 
  • Volunteers and employees know what steps to take in case of the suspicion of possible violence against children. A volunteer and employee are given an assistance, so that his / her responsibilities are properly implemented.
  • “Safety training” are regularly organized for children (obligatory for participants of “Big brother big sister” program), so children would be able to recognize cases of abuse and know where and how to report them. 

 

Safe programme design

  • All current and future projects and programmes are designed to minimize the risk of harm to the children they come into contact with or impact upon directly or indirectly by taking sufficient account of child safety, whatever the focus of the work. 
  • All events and activities, run by organization, are safe for children.  

 

Communications/guidelines

  • Information, stories and visual images (photographs, video or social media) of children are used properly (without sharing specific information about children, only with permission of children and parents/ guardians).
  • Outside persons (journalists, photographers, etc.), who implement communication and meet the children for this reason, are acknowledged with Child protection policy and codes of conduct. They sign the document before meeting with children.
  • Children communicate with outside people only with supervision of CSC staff member and a person with whom the child is familiar. 

 

Management responsibilities

  • Volunteers and employees are responsible for their actions with children.
  • Ultimate responsibility for ensuring the safety of children rests with program managers and director of the center. 

 

Reporting/responding to concerns

  • There is clear procedure of reporting suspicions of possible violence against children inside and outside of the organization. Volunteers and employees are informed with the procedure and signs the procedure.   
  • In any case of suspicion of possible violence against children volunteers reports it to program managers, program manager reports them to director of organization. 
  • In any case of suspicion of possible violence against children employee reports it to director of organization. 
  • In the case of suspicion of possible violence against children inside organization, the internal safeguarding procedure is implemented: the activities of alleged volunteer/ employee are suspended. The activities of volunteer/ employee can be started again depending on the results of the evaluation and investigation. 
  • Any suspicion of possible violence against children (inside and outside organization) are evaluated and reported to responsible institutions Child Rights Protection services and Police.
  • In case of the suspicion of possible violence against children (inside and outside of the organization) actions are taken to protect children and provide them with necessary legal and psychological assistance. Needs of the child are taken into account.
  • Children, taking part in the programs, are informed whom to report about abuse or suspicion of abuse.   

 

Implementation and review

  • All volunteers and employees commit to adhere to this Child protection policy and codes of conduct.
  • All partners agree to adhere to this Child protection policy and codes of conduct.
  • All volunteers and employees have access to Child protection policy and codes of conduct.
  • All volunteers and employees respond seriously in case of the suspicion of possible violence against children inside and outside of the organization.
  • All volunteers and employees take steps to ensure the safety of children.
  • Suspicions of child abuse are reported to the program managers and/ or Head of the Centre. 
  • All volunteers and employees behave becomingly and effectively, in collaboration with professionals working on the case. 
  • The child protection policy is confirmed by members of board of the organization.
  • The child protection policy is reviewed once a year during program managers meeting and updated if needed.
  • The child protection policy is available online and transparent to all those who come in contact with the organization.
  • The responsible person for implementation of Child protection policy in the organization is: executive director of program “Childhood without Abuse” Ieva Daniūnaitė, contacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +370 611 43567.

 

CODES OF CONDUCT WITH CHILDREN

All Children Support Centre's volunteers and employees will abide by these rules.

Volunteers and employees will never:

  • use physical violence against children, fight back and otherwise hurt them;
  • form physical / sexual relationships with children and relationships which are considered to be exploitative or violent;
  • act so that their behavior would threaten children;
  • use language, provide with recommendations and help which is inappropriate, offensive or violent;
  • act inappropriate or sexually provocative;
  • do personal things for the child, which he / she can do himself / herself;
  • tolerate and participate with their children in activities which are illegal, unsafe or violent;
  • behave in any way that would cause children to shame, be humiliated or otherwise use emotional abuse;
  • discriminate and single out a child from others. 
  • BBBS volunteers will never let children with whom they work for less than half of the year, stay in their homes. Volunteers will let children with whom they work more than half of the year stay at their homes with signed permission of parents.
  • BBBS volunteers will not take overnight trips with children with whom they work less than half of the year, except trips organized by CSC and with signed permission of parents.
  • BBBS volunteers will never sleep with the child with whom they work in the room only two of them; will never sleep with the child with whom they work sleep in one bed. 

 

This is not a finite list. Its guiding principle is that volunteers and employee should avoid inappropriate actions and violent behavior.

 

It is important that all volunteers and employees who have contact with children:

  • understand the situations that pose a risk to children and are able to control them;
  • plan activities with children so as to reduce the risk of potential harm and be visible while working with children;
  • ensure an atmosphere of openness, so that any issue and problem could be raised and discussed;
  • talk with children to encourage them to voice their concerns;
  • enable children to discuss their rights, what is acceptable and unacceptable and what they can do when a problem arises;
  • an accountability of volunteers will be ensured so that inappropriate work methods and potentially violent behavior are identified and removed.

 

Comes into force: 2020-10-15

Approved: CSC director Aušra Kurienė, 2020-10-15

 

 

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