A child protection policy (CPP) articulates an organization’s zero tolerance approach to child abuse.
An important step towards achieving this objective would be for every institution which works with children to develop and adhere to a child protection policy which would have clear cut guidelines and protocols to provide for a safe and conducive environment for both children and the adults with whom they interact. On the one hand it helps protect the staff of an organization from allegations of abuse, giving them the confidence to know there is a clear cut system of redress in case an allegation is leveled; On the other, a CPP will also help organizations be proactive in safeguarding children. This is especially significant as there is enough evidence, both anecdotally and research based, to indicate offenders often intentionally target child-serving organizations due to the proximity and accessibility the work offers to children - a corollary to the well established fact that children are usually abused by people who are responsible for their well being and welfare and whom they trust. Abusers particularly take advantage of those organizations they perceive as unsafe - lack of protocols and supervision, careless in managing risks etc..
It is imperative therefore to acquaint NGO’s with the concept of the need to have a policy. Since each organization has its own specificities with regard to its structures and systems, they need to be assisted with an understanding of evolving a policy suited to their uniqueness but within a framework of non negotiables, for reducing and managing risks of child abuse by persons engaged in delivering the organization’s program activities.
To this end, Tulir – Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse is organizing a one day seminar “It Starts With Us” on April 28, 2012 in Chennai and look forward to your organization’s participation. Further details - venue, timing etc., - will be intimidated after pre registration ( Pls email us for a a form) , on a first come first serve basis with participation being limited to 50 persons..