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Child Protection Policy
Overview

Cufa supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in accordance with Article 25, where “childhood is entitled to special care and assistance, Cufa is committed to ensuring the safety, privacy and well-being of all children.”

This policy deals with the rights of children who are associated with Cufa and/ or are beneficiaries of any of Cufa’s projects. Cufa aims to create a safe and respectful workplace and the following guidelines outline the responsibilities and behaviour of all board members, employees, interns, volunteers, contractors or agents (“representatives”) of Cufa when working with children.

Underlying Principles Scope
This policy applies to: Herein after referred to as ‘representatives’.
Cufa requires all partners to agree to, and adhere to our Child Protection Policy. This policy will be a standard provision of any partnership arrangement, including but not limited to through MoU’s or other agreements. Cufa also commits to making the Child Protection Policy publicly available on our website.

Staff Recruitment and Screening for Child Related Employment

Child-related employment means any employment that primarily involves direct contact with children where that contact is not directly supervised. Section 1 of the Child Protection (Prohibition Employment) Act 1998 specifies that child-related employment is employment:

Child Protection Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct is to be followed at all times when working with children.

All Cufa representatives are responsible for their behaviour towards children. In the instance a child instigates any of the activities below, the Cufa representative is still accountable for their own actions and must not encourage or participate in conduct that is detrimental to the mental or physical health of a child.

It is the onus of Cufa representatives to use common sense and avoid actions or behaviours that could be construed as child exploitation and abuse.

A Cufa employee must accompany all Cufa visitors to Cufa projects sites relating to children.

All representatives of Cufa will:

Promotional Material Regarding Children

Cufa has detailed guidelines on the use of promotional material in our communications. Refer to the Use of Promotional Material Policy.

Guidelines for Reporting Misconduct Towards Children

Cufa has a detailed complaints procedure for reporting abuse or suspected abuse. Refer to the Reporting Misconduct Towards Children Policy.

Training in Child Protection

Training in child protection is essential to ensure that employees are aware of their obligations and legal requirements. Ongoing training also provides a chance for employees to be updated on new developments and changing policy requirements.

Local legislation

Each country office is required to abide by local legislation, including labour laws with regard to child labour. Every country in the world except two (US and Somalia) have ratified the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child.

Child Labour Policy

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that Cufa’s program activities are undertaken in a manner which protects the health, safety and wellbeing of children. It is estimated that 246 million children are engaged in child labour, of which nearly 70% work in hazardous conditions including pesticides or machinery use. The use of child labour has a negative impact on child development, health and education. Asia and the Pacific still has the largest numbers (almost 78 million or 9.3% of child population) (International Labour Organisation, 2015). Under this policy, a ‘child’ is defined as a person less than 18 years of age.

What is child labour?

Considerable differences exist between the many kinds of work children do. Some are difficult and demanding, others are more hazardous and even morally reprehensible. Children carry out a very wide range of tasks and activities when they work.

This policy is aligned with the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) definition of child labour which explains that considerable differences exist between the many kinds of work children do. Some are difficult and demanding, others are more hazardous and even morally reprehensible. Children carry out a very wide range of tasks and activities when they work.

The term “child labour” is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. As such, not all work done by children should be classified as child labour that is targeted for elimination. Children’s or adolescents’ participation in work that does not affect their health and personal development or interfere with their schooling, is generally regarded as being something positive. This includes activities such as helping their parents around the home, assisting in a family business or earning pocket money outside school hours and during school holidays. These kinds of activities contribute to children’s development and to the welfare of their families; they provide them with skills and experience, and help to prepare them to be productive members of society during their adult life.

Work that is classified as “child labour”: