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1. Preamble:

The YWCA came into being in this part of the world in the year 1961 and later got affiliated with World YWCA in the year of 1979. And since then has been an active partner in establishing peace, justice and human dignity supplementing Millennium DevelopmentGoals(MDGs)asawhole. The mission of YWCA is to encourage and enable children and young people to promote the holistic health, wellbeing and developmentofthemselves,theirfamiliesandtheircommunities. We believe in childrens active participation and in respecting their freedom of expression and communication, which are advocated in the United Nations Conventions on the rights of the Child. We believe that the need to protect children is an issue for all communities. And child protection is crucial to ensuring that children under 18 years of age have the rights, confidence and environment in which they can make choices, express their views and communicate effectively with other children and adults. Children cannot become empowered change agents to improve their lives and that of their families and communities if they are not safeguarded from abuse, discrimination and harm of any kind,beitphysical,sexual,emotionalorneglect. The YWCA of Bangladesh has long been concerned about the welfare and safety of children and recognizes that we have a fundamental duty of care towards all children we engage with. We take our responsibility seriously to ensure we are doing all we can to protect children from abuse, both from within and outside the organization, and to take appropriate action if such abuseoccurs. Child protection is not just about health and safety. Even though we have a Health & Safety Policy, and carry out risk assessments, this does not cover all the situations and circumstances we need to address in relation to the protection of children. Therefore we need a policy that considers all aspects and steers us as an organization to do all that we can to keep children safe and operateethically.
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2.Name: ThenameofthePolicyisChildProtectionPolicyofYWCAof Bangladesh. 3. Goal: Toseekwaystobetterprotectchildrenfromallkindsexploitation andabuseintheprogramsofYWCAofBangladesh. 4. Objectives: I. To protect rights for all children under the programs/projectsofYWCAofBangladesh. II. ToensureChildProtectionfortargetchildren. III. Toassistflourishingoftheircreativity. IV. To render opportunities for education to children irrespectiveofclass,casteandreligion. V. To assist children to unfold their physical, mental and emotionalabilities. VI. To prevent children from physical , mental and sexual exploitationandabuse. VII. Topreventchildlabourforchildrenundertheageof13. VIII. To take necessary steps to inform about the child protection policy to all people, partners and stakeholders concerned. 5. Whatischildprotection? The term child protection is used in different ways by different organizations in different situations. The term will mean protection from violence, abuse and exploitation. In its simplest form, child protection addresses every childs right not to be subjected to harm. It complements other rights that, inter alia, ensure that children receive that which they need in order to survive, develop and thrive. Child protection covers a wide range of important, diverse and urgent issues. Many, such as child prostitution, are very closely linked to economic factors. Others, such as violence in the home or in schools, may relate more closely to poverty, social values, norms and traditions. Often criminality is involved, for example, with regard to child trafficking.Eventechnologicaladvance hasits protection aspects, as has been seen with the growth in child pornography. We should look more closely at what protection means and what
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general response is required to respect the protection rights of children. 6. Whoisachild? Article 1 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states that a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable tothechild. 7. ThedifferentformsofChildabuse: i. Physical Abuse: Actual or likely physical injury to a child, or failure to prevent physical injury or suffering to a child including deliberate hitting, beating, shaking, throwing, burning,drowning,suffocating,orpoisoning. ii. Mental/ Emotional Abuse: Actual or likely serve adverse effectontheemotionalandbehavioraldevelopmentofachild caused by persistent or serve emotional treatment or rejection. May involve conveying to the child that they are worthless, unloved or inadequate and cause children to feel frightened,indangerandcorrupted. iii. Sexual Abuse: Actual or likely exploitation of a child or adolescent, representing the involvement of development of dependent, developmentally immature children and adolescents sexual activities they do not truly comprehend, to whichtheyareunabletogiveinformedconsentorthatviolate social taboos or family rules, such as touching childs genitals, forcing child to watch or take part in pornography or coercing thechildtohavesex. 8. Principles: This policy is informed by a set of principles that derive from the UNConventionontheRightsofaChild(UNCRC) i. All children have equal rights to protection from abuse and exploitation ii. All children should be encouraged to fulfill their potential and inequalitiesshouldbechallenged iii. Everybody has a responsibility to support the care and protectionofchildren

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iv. YWCA of Bangladesh has the responsibilities of care for the children with whom we work and also our affiliated member associationswork v. YWCA of Bangladeshs partners have a responsibility to meet minimum standards of protection for the children/ young peopleintheirprograms 9. Implication: Protecting children from harm is the responsibility of all those whoparticipateintheworkofYWCA.Thispolicyappliesto: Allstaff; Allvolunteers Interns,studentsandprogramparticipantsi.e.beneficiaries; AllBoardmembers,and Allcontractorsandconsultants; Each person is responsible for having a thorough knowledge of this policy and the procedures set out below, acting in accordance with this policy and complying with the YWCA Child Protection and Code of Conduct. For ensuring the proper implementationofthepolicyallstaffmembers,volunteerswillbe given orientation on the Child Protection Policy and have access toacopyofthepolicy. Breach of this policy or the Child Protection Code of Conduct constitutes an act of misconduct and is grounds for disciplinary actionand/orterminationofemployment.

10. Action Statement: YWCA will meet its commitment to safeguard childrenthroughthefollowingmeans Awareness:Ensurethatallstaff,volunteersandothersareaware oftheproblemofchildabuseandtheriskstochildren. Prevention: Ensure through awareness and personal and professional conduct, that staff and others minimize the risk to children. Reporting: Ensurethatstaff and others have clear steps to follow whereconcernsariseregardingthesafetyofchildren. Responding: Ensure that action is taken to support and protect childrenwhereconcernsariseregardingpossibleabuse.

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In order that the above standards of reporting and responding aremet,YWCAwillensurethatshe: Takesseriouslyanyconcernsraised; Takes positive steps to ensure the protection of children who arethesubjectofanyconcerns; Supports children, staff or other adults who raise concerns or whoarethesubjectofconcerns; Acts appropriately and effectively in investigation or co operatingwithanysubsequentprocessofinvestigation; Demonstrates responsibility to and respect for children by beingsensitiveinourcommunicationsthatinvolvethem. 11. BehavioralProtocols: i. ii. Treat all children with respect, distinguishing their rights anddignitytopersonalprivacy. All staff should not use language or behavior towards children that is inappropriate, harassing, abusive, sexually provocative, demeaning or culturally inappropriate viz avoid showing favoritism to any individual child, do not hold, kiss, cuddle or touch any child in an inappropriate, unnecessaryorculturallyinsensitiveway. Staff should never sleep in the same room or bed with a child with whom they are working, in which case must obtain immediate supervisors permission and ensure that anotheradultispresentifpossible Use any computers, mobile phones or video and digital cameras appropriately and never to exploit or harass childrenortoaccesspornographythroughanymedium Refrainfromphysicalpunishmentordisciplineofchildren Comply with all relevant international and national legislation,includinglabourlawsinrelationtochildlabour Immediately report concerns or allegation of child abuse in accordancewithappropriateprocedures Talktochildrenabouttheircontactwithstafforothersand encouragethemtoraiseanyconcerns Encouragethechildrentofeelcomfortableenoughtopoint outattitudesandbehaviortheydonotlike. Provideaccessforchildrentotalktoothersaboutany concernstheyhave.



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Empowerchildrendiscusswiththemtheirrights,whatis acceptableandunacceptable,andwhattheycandoif thereisaproblem. Dothingsforchildrenofapersonalnaturethattheycando forthemselves.

12.Recruitment/Employment/Volunteering: Basic screening of applicants for employment includes a written application, personal interviews and reference checks. During the interview process, applicants should be asked aboutpreviousworkwithchildren. ii. YWCA of Bangladesh will ensure that all the references of approvedlocalcandidatesforworkarechecked,preferablyby telephone and recorded in the staff files, before the new staff memberisinvitedtotaketheposition. iii. YWCA of Bangladesh will not employ or accept as volunteers any children aged between 16 and 18 years for more than 40 hoursperweek. iv. YWCA of Bangladesh staff, Board Members, shortterm interns/volunteers and donors will not employ personal domesticstaffundertheageof13. 13.StatementofCommitment: i. YWCA of Bangladesh believes in awarenessraising providing education for staff, in the definition of exploitation and abuse and neglect, including indicators of pedophilia (defined as a preference for sexual activity with a child) and sexual abuse in thelocalcontext. ii. YWCA of Bangladesh believes thatallchildrenare made inthe image of God, who created them to have worth and value. Thus YWCA of Bangladesh believes that children should be treated with respect, honored for their intrinsic value and caredforinwaysthatbringhonortoGod. iii. YWCA of Bangladesh believes that abuse of children is an abuse of their rights as set out in the UN Convention on the RightsoftheChild. iv. YWCA of Bangladesh believes that all children have a right to protection from abuse irrespective of race, social background, age, gender, skin color, disability, religion, nationality or beliefs.
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v. It is important for all staffs in contact with children to empower children discuss with them their rights, what is acceptable and unacceptable, and what they can do if there is aproblem. vi. YWCAofBangladeshbelievesthatchildabuseandexploitation is wrong. Keeping silent is also wrong if it is known beyond reasonablecausethatachildisbeingabusedorexploited. vii. YWCA of Bangladesh believes that children have the right to speak and be heard. Therefore, where appropriate, children willalsobeincludedasstakeholdersandinbaselinesurveys. viii. YWCAofBangladeshbelievesintheimportanceofChildactive participants whose hopes and aspirations are respected, whose welfare is of paramount importance. They are involved in programs designed to protect them through mechanisms that give them a voice and provide them with skills for protecting themselves. However, the responsibility for protection of children lies with adults. Children should not be expectedtomakeadultdecisions. ix. YWCA of Bangladesh will ensure recordings, photographs, films, videos 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 couldbeseenassexuallysuggestive. x. YWCA of Bangladesh will conduct a series of briefings for staff members,andwillmakeallpeopleassociatedwith itawareof thechildprotectionpolicythroughtraining,inductionbriefing. 14.Advocacy&Networking: YWCA of Bangladesh be of the same opinion with the likeminded organizationsthathaveinterestinchildrenandyoungstudentsfor theirsecurity,rightsandfuture.YWCAofBangladeshalso i. Will pray to God for serving the children so that He guides andleadsthem ii. Participate with the local, social and national programs so that can influence the concern authorities about child protectionandriskreduction. iii. Network building with the child focused local, national and globalsupportgroups.
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15.Reprisal: YWCA of Bangladesh will not tolerate any form of coercion, intimidation, reprisal or retaliation against any employee who reports any form of abuse or exploitation, provides any information or other assistance in an investigation. It also leads the authority to take disciplinary action and legal steps in case of noncompliance. 16.Policyreview: This policy will be reviewed by the National Board every five years. This policy and code of conduct is endorsed by the YWCA of BangladeshHQBoard. 17.CompulsoryProvision: All matters concerning the working of the Association not specificallycoveredundertheseArticlesshallbedecidedasperthe provisionsoftheorganizationalconstitutionandexistinglawofthe state. 18.Implementation: This policy will be effective from October 2013 without retrospection.

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19.DeclarationofCommitment: To be signed by all YWCA of Bangladesh staff, board and committee members and shortterms interns. A copy will be kept on file at the appropriateYWCAofBangladeshOfficeorpersonnelfile. I,_____________________________,declarethat: i. ii. iii. iv. IhavereadandunderstandtheYWCAofBangladeshsChild ProtectionPolicy. I will work within the procedure as laid out in the YWCA of BangladeshsChildProtectionPolicy. I have not been accused or convicted of any offence involvingphysicalorsexualabuseofchildren. I understand that if a complaint is brought against me regarding the abuse of children while engaged in YWCA of Bangladesh activities, the allegation will be thoroughly investigated in corporation with the appropriate authorities.

Signature:__________________________________ Date:___________________________________

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