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|P4K Policy Statement – DEVELOPMENT AND PROTECTON OF CHILDREN
Like women, children in the developing world are often neglected, deprived of their basic needs and denied opportunity to develop their abilities. Like women, they are usually a prime group affected by human misery, be it malnutrition, famine, war or exploitation. Like women, children embody an enormous potential for the future development of the community and nation.
In addition, children constitute the largest age group of the total population in the developing world. Their plight is even more acute in urban centres where masses survive as street vagabonds while others are prone to social ills due to family and related problems. Many of the world’s children are prone to abuse, neglect and are denied their basic rights.
1. P4K supports projects which are designed to assist local communities, hospitals schools and orphanages to provide children with the essential requirements to survive and develop into responsible adults. This includes the provision of food, water, clothing, shelter, education and the provision of medical supplies and services.
2. Consistent with this policy P4K regularly supports programs designed to assist orphanages, schools and the provision of medical supplies and services to hospitals in developing countries.
P4K is mindful of the fact that, sadly children are sometimes victims of abuse from people whose role is to protect them. This could include a parent, carer, priest, pastor or an aid worker. As P4K is an organisation based on 4 continents ( Australia, USA, UK and the EU), whose members give of their time on a voluntary basis, it is not practical (from a time and cost perspective) for P4K committee members to play a direct “hands on” role in investigating this type of abuse in an overseas country. P4K’s policy to deal with this issue is as follows:
(i) Prevention – To only support people working in the field whom P4K
(ii) Investigating Child Abuse – People working in the field who are supported by P4K (“Aid Workers and local salary recipients”) will be directed to report any suspected case of child abuse to the relevant Project Manager. Aid Workers are to adopt the following guidelines when investigating a possible case of child abuse:
All cases of suspected child abuse must be responded to in a manner which best ensures the child’s immediate and future safety.
a. Keep calm as the child tells you his or her story. Do not express shock or disbelief. Don’t ascribe any guilt to the child for not telling anyone sooner. Be sensitive to the emotional needs of the child and try to relieve stress and anxiety.
b. Do not promise confidentiality. It may be necessary to report the matter to the police.
c. Show you are ready to listen and give the child time to say what he or she wants. Do not interrupt or ask more questions than needed for a clear and accurate understanding of what has been said.
d. Take seriously what you are hearing, but avoid condemning the accused offender. It is possible the child is not telling the truth. Any false accusation has the potential to cause serious damage to the reputation of the aid worker. Look for evidence which corroborates the child’s version of what has occurred.
e. Be aware that the child may have been bribed or threatened not to tell anyone.
f. Take notes immediately afterwards writing down observations and impressions which cause concern.
g. Where practical, any investigation should be carried out in the presence of another
(iii) Dealing with an Offender – If the Project Manager is satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt that a person is a perpetrator of child abuse the matter should be referred to the local law enforcement agency subject to the Project Manager being satisfied that the child will not suffer further abuse as a result of the matter being referred to the local law enforcement agency. The Project Manager needs to be mindful that in some cultures, parental discipline may involve more extreme punishment than what is regarded as acceptable discipline in Australia. There is no point in reporting a matter to the local law enforcement agency if the offence would be regarded as acceptable discipline in that country and may result in further “extreme discipline” to the child.
If the accusation involves the Project Manager, the Aid Worker should refer the matter to the President of P4K.
P4K will not support any accused perpetrator and all support, be it financial, accommodation or stipend must be suspended until the accused perpetrator is exonerated by a third party investigation.
P4K does not support giving any person found guilty of child abuse a second chance to re-offend. In other words, P4K will not support that person working in any other overseas community.
(Policy updated and agreed on at Management Committee meeting 19th January, 2013)
|P4K Policy Statement – WHISTLEBLOWER POLICY
P4K executive members are responsible and accountable for ensuring that people working in the field who are supported by P4K (“Aid Workers”) adopt the following roles and responsibilities:
Leading by example to create an organisational culture that gives a clear message that making reports of wrongdoing are encouraged and valued and corruption, maladministration and serious and substantial waste is not acceptable;
Ensuring strategies to prevent corruption, maladministration and serious and substantial waste are included in the organisational business plan to ensure they are treated as an integral part of work activities;
Ensuring that a protected disclosures procedures for reporting wrongdoing, including reporting channels, is in place and evaluated on a regular basis;
Ensuring that all public officials involved in conducting investigations understand the principles of the relevant legislation, in particular confidentiality;
Ensuring that internal disclosures are addressed quickly and effectively;
Taking all reasonable steps to ensure that public officials who make disclosures are not subject to reprisals or any form of detrimental action;
Ensuring the rights of those who are the subject of a report of wrongdoing are protected;
Ensuring public officials have access to information on the relevant legislation, and reporting channels in the organisation;
Implementing organisational change necessary as a result of a disclosure;
Reporting offences to the appropriate investigating authorities, particularly that any criminal offence should be reported to the Police Service;
Initiating investigations following a disclosure, as well as any disciplinary or corrective action required;
Supporting staff who make reports of wrongdoing and implementing staff awareness and training; and
Referring to relevant internal procedures for reporting and establishing clear lines of authority and accountability.
All P4K Project Managers are responsible and accountable for;
Reporting matters where there is evidence that shows or tends to show corruption, maladministration and serious and substantial waste;
Ensuring the success of the relevant legislation within their projects;
Identifying areas where opportunities for corruption, maladministration and serious and substantial waste may occur and/or management systems are inadequate;
Additionally, all Project Managers play an important role in supporting those who have made reports of wrongdoing.
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