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.
You must treat every child with empathy and respect, regardless of his / her race, color, gender, sexuality, language, religion, religious belief, heritage, political or another opinion, national/ethnic/social origin/disability/birth / another 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.
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 with any third party without the consent of Authorised persons.
Report any violations of the policy in letter or spirit to the Care Committee.
Don’t use language or behavior towards children that are 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 activity 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 that 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.
Role of Care Committee
Bhumi has Zero tolerance towards child abuse and will remove any person whose behavior 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]
Child abuse or maltreatment means all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, negligence and commercial or other exploitation, which results in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power. (According to WHO Factsheet on Child Maltreatment retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/child-maltreatment )
Scope – Who does this policy cover: Any Volunteers, fellows, interns, tutors, coordinators, Change Drivers, leads, facilitators, employees, consultants, members of the board, participants etc.
Where is this policy applicable: Any location but not limited to an office, school, shelter home, center, event site, external location etc.
When is this policy applicable: Any activity but not limited to during programme, session, event times; while commuting to programme locations; or outside programme timings.
Programme Manager & School Principal
Project Coordinator or Chapter Support Team & Centre Management (POCs, warden)
Interns, Employees, Consultants
Event Coordinators & Chapter Support Team or Programme Associate
While this code of conduct is voluntary, the laws of India supersede this code and Bhumi will report to the concerned authorities whenever those laws are breached. Some of the laws including (but not limited to) guidelines, rules, and conventions based on which this code is rooted
The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO)
The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015
UN Convention on Rights of the Child
Guidelines for Organization, Institutions and Establishments – National Child Protection Policy; Ministry of Women and Child Development
Manual on Safety and Security of Children in Schools by NCPCR