CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

Introduction 

Our mission is to assist both children and adults to improve their education until graduation. To help them to have good job employment, with the development of themselves, their families and their communities. We believe in children’s active participation and in respecting their freedom of expression and communication, which are advocated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 

We believe that child protection is crucial to ensuring that children under 18 years of age have the rights, confidence and environment in which they can make choices, express their views and communicate effectively with other children and adults. Children cannot become empowered change agents to improve their lives and that of their families and communities if they are not safeguarded from abuse, discrimination and harm of any kind, be it physical, sexual, emotional or through neglect.

EAC Child Protection Policy

 

Staff and Personnel

As a condition of working with our organization, all trustees, employees, staffs, interns, volunteers, consultants and advisers of EAC are required to undergo the following:

 

  • Satisfactory clearance through a police check conducted by the Criminal Records Bureau.

  • Both acceptance of and commitment to our Child Protection Policy for working with children.

  • Signing a personal declaration stating any criminal convictions, including spent convictions.

  • Providing a copy of personal passport, name and contact information of two character references they have known for no less than two years, excluding family members.

 

Management

The disclosure of personal information about children, including legal cases, will be limited to those employees, interns and volunteers who need to know. The Board of EAC will have the overall responsibility to oversee and ensure the policy’s implementation.

 

Training and Education

Training and education are essential to implementing the Child Protection Policy. Mr. Sokhan Yung will ensure that orientation training about the Child Protection Policy is given to all staffs and personnel, which will include training on behaviour guidelines for those in direct contact with children and guidance on the acceptable and unacceptable sharing of information on children. 

Behaviour Protocols

Any employee, intern and volunteer, consultant, or adviser who has direct contact with children, either in the Cambodia or overseas, will be fully informed of EAC’s policy. The policy includes guidance on appropriate behaviour of adults and children.

 

Communications about Children

All publications, volunteers, visitors, medias, and/or the website that include images and text related to children will not contain the following:

 

  • Manipulated or sensationalized text and/or images

  • No harassment, screaming, fighting, discriminatory and degrading language

  • Images in which children are inappropriately clothed

  • Information that could be used to identify the location of the child and cause them to be put at risk photos of children that will be included on the website or any of our publications must be taken with the child’s verbal permission. In addition, all information relating to children is limited to those members of staff who need to know and will be treated as confidential.

 

Reporting Incidents

All witnessed, suspected or alleged violations of the Child Protection Policy will be immediately reported to the director, who will record and act on these in a confidential manner in accordance with the standardized process developed by EAC and the best interests of the child. EAC will take appropriate action to protect the child/children in question from further harm and others in the organization during and following an incident or allegation. The relevant contact details for child protection services, local social services department, police, emergency medical help and help lines will also be readily available and easily accessible.

 

Ramifications of Misconduct

We will immediately suspend any employee, adviser, consultant, trustee, intern or volunteer who is alleged to have violated the Child Protection Policy, pending the outcome of an investigation. EAC reserves the right to take any disciplinary action against any of the above who have been proven guilty in an investigation, which may include reporting the incident to the police.

 

Thank you of your right performance to help our children safe !