Child Protection Policy
Code Of Conduct & Effective Date: 1st January 2014

Definitions: Mousawat uses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) definition of a child, which is any person under the age of 18, regardless of whether a nation’s laws recognize adulthood earlier. The term used to describe the responsibilities and activities undertaken to prevent or stop children being abused or neglected.
 This includes all employees: This includes all consultants, board members, researchers,partner organizations, interns and students,volunteers…: Child abuse includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect,bullying, child labour, domestic violence and exploitation including commercial sexual exploitation. Both boys and girls can be the victims of child abuse. Child abuse can be inflicted on a child by men or women, or by young people themselves.

In some cases, professionals and other adults working with children in positions of trust abuse children.
: Working in a position that involves regular contact with children, either as part of the person’s position description or due to the
context of the work that brings the person into regular contact with children.
This term includes criminal record checks (often called “police checks)”which are conducted to determine if a person has any known criminal history. Additional screening measures may include: “working with children” checks, identity checks, verbal referee checks and targeted, behavioural-based interview questions.
Mousawat Organization is committed to protecting children, regardless of gender, race, country of origin or religious belief.
The organization’s work is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which states that children should be protected from all forms of physical and mental violence, injury, abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation, including sexual abuse.
In line with Mousawat’s commitment to end all corporal punishment of children, will provide awareness-raising and training for all staff and associates regarding positive parenting and behaviour management strategies. We will assist staff and associates to refrain from using any form of physical punishment in their own lives.
Child abuse is a serious violation of children’s rights. Mousawat will minimize the risk of child abuse occurring in its programs and activities through the implementation of this Policy.

The Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct provide a practical guide to prevent child abuse occurring within the organization and incorporate risk management strategies.
The reporting process in the Child Protection Policy outlines obligations and Responsibilities for reporting and managing any concerns about child abuse.
It also protects staff and associates from unfair processes should any allegations be made about them.
Mousawat’s recruitment process includes rigorous screening of staff and associates to minimize the risk of a person who poses a risk to children being employed by the organization.
These strategies will assist everyone to understand their child protection responsibilities, maintain a positive work environment for staff and also create safe environments where children are protected and enabled to survive and thrive.
Mousawat’s commitment to child protection is based on the following principles:
– Promoting and protecting the best interests of children at all times.
– Zero tolerance of child abuse – mandatory reporting of confirmed or suspected child abuse.
– Child protection is a shared responsibility between the organisation, its partners and the communities in which it works.
– The views of children and young people will be used to inform child protection policy and program development.
This Policy applies to the following:
 Staff
 Board Members
 Volunteers
 Consultants
 Partner organizations
 Government department and agency staff in regular contact with Mousawat’s programs, and People visiting programs, including journalists and donors.
The Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct will be implemented through:
1- Child protection capacity building – the Child Protection Specialist will enhance awareness of child protection issues among staff and associates through policy promotion, collaboration, advocacy and ongoing education and training.
2- Child Protection Code of Conduct – outlines acceptable and unacceptable behaviour – for people to whom the Code applies – in
relation to children with whom we work. A breach of the Code may result in termination of employment.
3- Compliance – staff and associates are required to sign a written statement agreeing to comply with the Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.
4- Mandatory reporting of alleged or suspected cases of child abuse – reports will be handled professionally, confidentially and as quickly as possible and will meet country, state or territory-specific legislative requirements. Any employee who intentionally makes a false or malicious allegation will face disciplinary action.
5- Child Protection Focal Points (CPFP) – CPFPs will be appointed and supported in the organisation’s offices to promote child protection and respond to any reports of child abuse.
6- Risk management – effective child abuse prevention strategies will be incorporated in all Save the Children Australia program designs, activities and emergency responses.
7- Recruitment and staff management practices – prospective and current staff will be screened and monitored to ensure the organization does not employ or retain people who pose a risk to children. Criminal record checks (police checks) will be conducted – where available – particularly for positions working directly with children. Additional screening measures will include “working with children”checks, identity checks, verbal referee checks and interview questions.
8- Child Protection Guidelines – Detailed guidelines will be available to assist staff toimplement and meet specific requirements of the Child Protection Policy.
All staff must sign a Statement in the form set out in later prior to commencing employment, or at the commencement of this Policy.
All Associates must sign a Statement in the form set out later prior to commencing their role as an Associate, or at the commencement of this Policy.
Statements signed by Staff and Associates must be returned to the HO of Mousawat, for safekeeping.
Review
The Policy will be monitored on an ongoing basis and reviewed at least every two years.

I,———————— (insert name) agree that in the course of my association
with Mousawat organization will:
•Treat all children and young people with respect regardless of race, colour, sex,language, disability, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, birth or other status
•Provide a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all children, young people,parents, employees and volunteers.
•Encourage children, young people, parents, employees and volunteers to speak up about issues that affect them.
•Refrain from using corporal punishment on children.
•Immediately report concerns or allegations of child abuse in accordance with Mousawat reporting process.
•Comply with local, national and international child protection laws.
•Ensure that, whenever possible, another adult is present when I am working with children, or in the proximity of children
•Advise my supervisor/manager of my involvement in any situation where my actions could be misinterpreted
•Advise my supervisor/manager if I am involved in any situation which would be likely to bring the organisation into disrepute, and
•Advise my supervisor/manager if I am investigated for any crime or charged withany criminal offence.
And I will not:
•Use inappropriate language – whether of an offensive, discriminatory, demeaning, abusive or sexual nature – when speaking with or whilst in the presence of a child or young person
•Engage in behavior to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade a child or young person, or otherwise emotionally abuse a child or young person
•Marry a person under the age of 18
•Act in a sexually provocative manner or engage children in any form of sexual activity, including paying for sexual services
•Hold, kiss, cuddle or touch a child in an inappropriate, unnecessary or culturally insensitive way
•Condone or participate in, behaviour with children which is illegal, unsafe or abusive
•Discriminate against or in favour of particular children to the exclusion of others
•Spend time outside work requirements with any child or young person connected with Mousawat programs
•Hire children for domestic or any other labour which is inappropriate for their age or development, interferes with their education or play, or places them at risk of injury
•Do things for children of a personal nature that they can do for themselves suchas toileting them or changing their clothes
•Sleep in close proximity to any children unless it is absolutely necessary, in which case I will keep my supervisor/manager informed and ensure another adult is present, where possible (noting that this does not apply to
my own children(
•Access or create sexually abusive images of children, and
•Use computers, mobile phones, video or digital cameras or any other technology for the purpose of exploiting or harassing children.
Before photographing or filming a child for work related purposes, I will:
•Assess and comply with local traditions or restrictions on reproducing personal images
•At a minimum, obtain and document verbal consent from children and/or theirparent or guardian and explain how the photograph or film will be used. Writtenconsent should be obtained, where possible
•Ensure photographs, films, videos and DVDs present children in a dignified and respectful manner and not in a vulnerable or submissive manner. Children should be adequately clothed and not in poses that could be perceived as sexually suggestive
•Ensure images are honest representations of the situations and the facts
•Ensure the identities of children and young people in photographic and electronic images are not disclosed
•Ensure these files are stored securely and access is limited on a needs basis to relevant staff only.
Child Protection Policy & Code of Conduct
2.2Statement to be signed by all Mousawat staff
I confirm that I have read and understood Mousawat’s:
•Child Protection Policy, and
•Child Protection Code of Conduct.
I agree to comply with the Policy and Code of Conduct.
I understand that a breach of the Policy or Code may provide grounds for my employment with Mousawat to be terminated. I also understand that a breach of the Policy or Code could result in criminal prosecution.
I understand that it is my responsibility, as a person engaged by Mousawat, to use common sense and avoid actions or behaviours that are abusive orexploitative of children or young people, or could be construed as such.
I authorize Mousawat to undertake any necessary inquiries, including criminal record checks and reference checks, as part of my appointment or recruitment process.
I confirm my willingness to participate in Mousawat training sessions on child protection.
Name of Staff Member:
Position:
Signed:
Date:
I have read and understood Save the Children Australia’s:
•Child Protection Policy, and
•Child Protection Code of Conduct.
I agree to comply with the Policy and Code of Conduct.
I understand that a breach of this Policy or Code may provide grounds for my appointment or association with the organisation to be terminated. I also understand that a breach of the Policy or Code of Conduct could result in
criminal prosecution.
I understand that it is my responsibility, as a person associated with Mousawat, to use common sense and avoid actions or behaviours that are abusive or exploitative of children or young people, or could be construed as such.
I authorize Mousawat organization to undertake any necessary inquiries, including criminal record checks and reference checks, as a part of my appointment by or association with the organisation.
I confirm my willingness to participate in Mousawat training sessions on child protection.
Name of Associate:
Capacity:
Signed:
Date: