Child Protection Policy & Code of Conduct

“Children have the right to be protected from being hurt or mistreated, physically and mentally. They should be properly cared for and protected from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.” Adapted from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Article 19

East Bali Poverty Project’s (EBPP) mission is to empower children in  the under-served areas of Desa Ban to become the future leaders of their communities by providing quality educational, nutritional, and wellness programs.  Doing what is best for children is always our primary concern, and EBPP has a responsibility to help ensure that all children and young people under the age of 18 in the villages we serve are protected from all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, or exploitation that could result in harm to their health, survival, development and dignity.

Our Child Protection Policy (CPP) applies to all EBPP staff, board members, advisors, visitors, researchers and volunteers who directly or indirectly interact with children attending EBPP schools or participating in any programs or activities sponsored by EBPP.

Prevention is the surest way to keep children safe from abuse, and this approach forms the foundation of our policy. With this in mind,  the key  elements of our policy are to:

  • ensure we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of all EBPP staff, researchers and volunteers to work with children
  • train our staff to recognize the indicators and impacts of abuse
  • guide our staff in responding to a child who discloses abuse
  • teach children the skills and help impart the self confidence needed to keep them safe
  • develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse
  • support children who have been abused in accordance with the agreed CPP
  • establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop
  • require that all staff, board members, advisors, visitors, researchers and volunteers sign a Code of Conduct prior to any interaction with children

EBPP partners with children as an essential part of empowering them. Promoting and encouraging children’s ability to engage in all decisions that affect them is an important part of child protection. Because of this, we will:

  • create and maintain environments where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to
  • ensure children know that there are adults in our schools and leading our health, environmental and other programs who they can approach if they are worried
  • create opportunities and experiences that will help children develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse

We will work with recognized experts in the field of safeguarding children and follow the guidance issued by UNICEF1, 2 to:

  • ensure we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role
  • ensure we have a nominated board member responsible for child protection
  • designate and train a Child Safety Officer in each EBPP village to serve as the focal point for child abuse issues
  • ensure each member of our staff knows the name of and has access to the designated senior person responsible for child protection
  • ensure all staff, board members, visitors, advisors, researchers and volunteers understand their responsibility to both be alert to the signs of abuse and to refer any concerns to the designated senior person responsible for child protection
  • ensure that parents and village leaders have an understanding of the responsibility placed on our staff by providing them with an explanation of our policy and the names of their assigned Child Safety Officer and the senior person responsible for child protection
  • require that all visitors, researchers and volunteers are accompanied at all times by an EBPP staff member when visiting the villages of Desa Ban
  • keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately, and ensure those records are kept securely in locked locations

We know that children who are abused or witness violence may feel helpless, humiliated or somehow to blame. EBPP staff will support  all children, including victims of abuse, by providing activities and creating environments that give children a sense that they are both safe and  highly valued.

1UNICEF, Child Protection in Educational Settings: Findings from Six Countries in East Asia and the Pacific
2UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Download EBPP Child Protection Policy: EnglishIndonesia

Download EBPP Code of Conduct: EnglishIndonesia