Bhumi’s Child Protection Policy

Code of Conduct for Bhumians 

Bhumi is committed to ensuring all children are safe and protected. The safety, rights and well-being of children participating in our programs is a priority in our daily operations. The intent of this Child Protection Policy is to guide every stakeholder of Bhumi in developing appropriate relationships with the children we work with, thus ensuring a safe environment for them. This policy based on relevant laws aims to protect children from intentional and unintentional harm or abuse.

Here are the top Dos and Don’ts with respect to children we work with.

Dos:

  • You must treat every child with empathy and respect, regardless of his / her race, colour, gender, sexuality, language, religion, religious belief, heritage, political or other opinion, national / ethnic / social origin / disability / birth / other status.
  • Do listen to children and respect their views.
  • Do seek permission from Authorised persons if you wish to visit a programme location apart from your stipulated time.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Always ensure that another adult is present when working in the proximity of children.
  • You shall take children for outings only in groups and with prior permission from authorised persons.
  • Ensure the responsible use of computers and other information technology.
  • Keep data about the children confidential and refrain from sharing it to any third party without the consent from Authorised persons. 
  • Report any violations of the policy in letter or spirit to the Care Committee.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t use language or behaviour towards children that is inappropriate, harassing, abusive, sexually provocative, demeaning or culturally inappropriate. 
  • Don’t use physical means or corporal punishment to discipline or control a child.
  • Do not embarrass any child and engage in any action that threatens the self-esteem of the child like shouting or being sarcastic or putting them down etc.
  • Do not take/collect photos, videos, or stories of children and/or upload the same online or on any social networking sites without prior permission from the Authorised persons.
  • Don’t share your mobile phones with children for purposes other than teaching/learning.
  • Don’t use technology for inappropriate usage, especially that relating to the creation, viewing, downloading or distribution of any inappropriate or offensive material, including, but not restricted to, abusive images of children, pornography or material encouraging crime, violence, terrorism, racism, sexism, self-harm, suicide, cruelty and gambling.
  • Do not develop, encourage, induce or support arrangements with children which could be deemed sexual, exploitative or abusive.

 

  • Do not use or encourage children to run personal errands in any form that may be construed as exploiting the relationship with the child for personal purposes.
  • Don’t use or encourage the use of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or other intoxicating substances while in the vicinity of children and refrain from providing such intoxicating substances to children.
  • Do not give cash or gifts to children in a personal capacity.
  • Do not place a child at risk of abuse or exploitation or be aware of these and not report it or not do anything about it.
  • Don’t bring individuals, who are not registered with Bhumi, to any programme location without prior permission from authorised persons.
  • Do not  place oneself in a compromising or vulnerable situation when meeting with children.

Bhumi has Zero tolerance towards child abuse and will remove any person whose behaviour is found not in adherence to this policy.

If you come across any violation of the above policy by anyone contact Bhumi’s CARE committee via [email protected]