Child Safeguarding / Code Of Conduct (PSEA)

Introduction: 

The purpose of the code of conduct is to protect children from any harm. Through placing the appropriate criteria, workers are also protected from false allegations.

This document clarifies all types of inappropriate behaviours that may result in interrogation and punishment. In addition to this, the code of conduct includes roles of the adults with children

The principle is that staff, partners and associates should avoid actions or behavior that may constitute poor practice or potentially abusive behavior and should ensure that a culture of openness exists wherein actual or potential breaches of the code may be challenged.

This code has been developed by reference to the Child Protection Policy and Child Safeguarding policy of Bir Dünya Çocuk’s Organization. Therefore, the child protection policy can be referred to as a reference when taking action following violation of any of the provisions of this document

Child Safeguarding Policy 

This policy sets out common values, principles, and beliefs and describes the steps that will be taken in meeting our commitment to protect children. 

Bir Dünya Çocuk values, principles and beliefs

  • All child abuse involves the abuse of children’s rights.
  • All children have equal rights to protection from abuse and exploitation. 
  • The situation of all children must be improved through promotion of their rights as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This includes the right to freedom from abuse and exploitation. 
  • Child abuse is never acceptable. 
  • We have a commitment to protecting children with/ for whom we work. 
  • When we work through partners, they have a responsibility to meet minimum standards of protection for children in their programmes. 

What we will do 

Bir Dünya Çocuk actively works to help meet our commitment to protect children from abuse through the following means:

  • Awareness: we will ensure that all staff and others are aware of the problem of child abuse and the risks to children 
  • Prevention: we will ensure, through awareness and good practice, that staff and others minimise the risks to children 
  • Reporting: we will ensure that staff and others are clear what steps to take where concerns arise regarding the safety of children 
  • Responding: we will ensure that action is taken to support and protect children where concerns arise regarding possible abuse 

Appropriate standards of behavior
YOU MUST ALWAYS:

  • Aware the child of his rights and responsibilities.
  • Having an appropriate dress code in the centres according to the community
  • Ensure the child is safe at all times and is never left unattended. 
  • Avoid working alone with a child and plan your work so that at least two adults are present at any time. If working alone is unavoidable, you should move to an area/workstation where other adults can see both you and the child.
  • Avoid inappropriate physical contact with a child.
  • Avoid spending excessive time alone with a child.
  • Avoid taking children to your home.
  • Behave appropriately; ensure that language is moderated in their presence and refrain from adult jokes or comments that may cause discomfort or offence.
  • Be sensitive to local norms and standards of behavior towards children
  • Listen to what the children are saying, and respond appropriately.
  • Plan activities in advance to ensure they take into account the age range and ability of all participants. Supervision should take account of the age, gender, nature of the activity and any special needs of the individuals.
  • Be aware of situations that may present risks and manage these.
  • Be familiar with the procedures for reporting concerns or incidents at Bir Dünya Çocuk with which you are working, and make sure you know how to contact the Designated Person.
  • Immediately report any concerns relating to the welfare of a child in your care to the local manager, or Designated Person. You should do this whether your concerns are based on allegations from the child or from your own suspicions.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

Inappropriate behavior
YOU MUST NEVER:

  • Hit, otherwise physically assault, or physically/verbally abuse them.
  • Develop physical/sexual relationships with children.
  • Develop relationships with the children that could in any way be deemed exploitative or abusive.
  • Act in ways that may be abusive or may place them at risk of abuse.
  • Do not do any form of verbal abuse such as screaming or using language, make suggestions and advice that are inappropriate, offensive, abusive, or contain sexual connotations.
  • Behave verbally or physically in a manner that is inappropriate or sexually provocative.
  • Doing for a child what they are capable of doing themselves such as dressing, bathing, or grooming them.
  • Condone, or participate in, behavior of a child that is illegal, unsafe or abusive.
  • Act in ways intended to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade children, or otherwise perpetrate any form of emotional abuse, discriminate against, show differential treatment, or favor particular children to the exclusion of others.
  • Allow allegations made by a child or concerns about their welfare to go unrecorded or not acted upon.
  • Use any computer or other electronic device to view, download, distribute or create indecent or inappropriate images of children (in many countries it is a criminal offence to do so), or in any other way possess or access child pornography.
  • Preventing children from expressing their opinion.
  • Smoking in the presence of children
  • Allowing children to leave the center unattended during official hours, unless during an emergency situation.
  • Promoting a military faction
  • Bringing any type of weapons or sharp items to the job

Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse

  • Sexual exploitation and abuse by staff, partners or associates constitute acts of gross misconduct and are therefore grounds for termination of employment.
  • Sexual activity with children (persons under the age of 18) is prohibited regardless of the age of majority or age of consent locally. Mistaken belief regarding the age of a child is not a defense.
  • Sexual relationships between staff and adults involved or participating in programs, since they are based on inherently unequal power dynamics, undermine the credibility and integrity of the work of Organization and are strongly discouraged.
  • Exchange of money, employment, goods, or services for sex, including sexual favors or other forms of humiliating, degrading or exploitative behavior is prohibited. This includes exchange of any assistance that is due to children with whom we work.
  • Staff, partners and associates are obliged to create and maintain an environment 
  • which prevents sexual exploitation and abuse.

Breaching the Code of Conduct

For Bir Dünya Çocuk employees this document is directly linked to the contract of employment/volunteer. Any employee who fails to comply with the Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from employment.

Declaration and signature

I ____________________________________ understand and agree to abide by the above principles and Code of Conduct and Bir Dünya Çocuk’s PSEA/Child Safeguarding Policy. I understand that any breaches of the above Code will be reported to the Designated Person and appropriate action in accordance with the policies and procedures in place will be taken.