Child Protection Policy

 

Vision

 

Handicap Solidaire Burkina seeks to secure the rights of people with disabilities and protect their dignity and independence.

 

Mission

 

 

Handicap Solidaire Burkina wishes to ensure that people with disabilities are entitled to and receive fair and equal rights and for these to be recognised by both the public and government in both attitude and practice.

 

Our Child Protection Policy

 

Handicap Solidaire Burkina will make provisions for children and young people that must ensure that:

  • the welfare of the child is paramount

  • all children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse

  • all suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately

  • all staff (paid/unpaid) have a responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate officer.

 

Staff/volunteers are not trained to deal with situations of abuse or to decide if abuse has occurred.

 

The Policy

 

All references in this policy apply equally to children, young people and vulnerable adults, and includes their physical and psychological well-being.

Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) recognises it has a duty of care to safeguard all those involved with HSB from harm. They agree all children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. HSB also recognises the difficult societal and economic issues of their global locality and works hard to enforce their values, and those set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, within the spectrum of local laws and customs.

Taken holistically, HSB provides a framework for the protection, provision and participation of all children without discrimination, to ensure their survival and development to the maximum extent possible.

In general it is important for all staff and others associated with Handicap Solidaire Burkina to:

  • be aware of situations which may present risks and manage these

  • plan and organise the work and the workplace so as to minimise risks

  • as far as possible, be visible in working with children

  • ensure that a culture of openness exists to enable any issues or concerns to be raised and discussed

  • ensure that a sense of accountability exists between staff so that poor practice or potentially abusive behaviour does not go unchallenged.

 

Policy Management

 

Any report of abuse or poor practice affecting any child under the care and/or supervision of HSB will be dealt with by a senior member of staff with the utmost care and strict confidentiality. The designated senior staff member will take such steps as considered necessary to ensure the safety of the child in question and any other child who may be at risk. Any and all allegations will be taken seriously. Incidents and reports of allegations, irrespective of their severity will be recorded and assessed by senior staff. Dependant upon the information received, HSB have a responsibility to call upon local law enforcement to intercede where there is a real or believed threat of an occurrence of a criminal offence. No member of staff may continue in a role which compromises the integrity of the organisation or safety of other persons connected with HSB, (for example, employees, volunteers, service users) whilst under a criminal investigation. All members of staff are required to declare any previous or impending investigations of which they are they subject. Any previous convictions of mistreatment or abuse of children and/or vulnerable adults may result in the termination of an employment contract with HSB. The decision to terminate or suspend any member of staff will be evaluated on an individual basis by senior staff.

 

Conclusion

 

A protective environment for children boosts development progress, and improves the health, education and well-being of children and their evolving capacities to be parents, citizens and productive members of society. Harmful and abusive practices against children, on the other hand, exacerbate poverty, social exclusion and HIV, and increase the likelihood that successive generations will face similar risks. Child protection is thus an integral part of, and a critical HSB contribution to, the achievement of the Millennium Declaration and Development Goals.

HSB wishes to respect and work in conjuncture with the National Policy for Social Action (PNAS), the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity (MASSN), the Office for the Protection and Promotion of Disabled People (DPPH) and other national and international policy guides, to review, where necessary their child protection procedures.

 

 

 

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