ANNEXURES

 

A. CHILD PROTECTION DECLARATION FOR EMPLOYEES AND

VOLUNTEERS


It is mandatory for all Employees, Volunteers and Visitors at The Footpath Scholar, to sign this declaration and agree to abide by the Child Protection Policy of The Footpath Scholar.


I, _________________________ (write name), hereby declare that I have read the Child

Protection Policy of The Footpath Scholar India Foundation, and understand its contents, spirit and purpose. I agree to abide unconditionally to the said policy, and will ensure that my conduct at all times ensures the protection of children as laid down in the policy.

Signed _____________________


Relationship with The Footpath Scholar: (Tick one) Employee/ Volunteer / Visitor

 

B. Code of Conduct

The principle behind this code of conduct is that staff and visitors should avoid actions or behavior which may constitute poor practice or potentially abusive behaviour.

 

Visitors must never

• hit or otherwise physically assault or physically abuse children

• develop physical/sexual relationships with children

• develop relationships with children which could in any way be deemed exploitative or abusive

• act in ways that may be abusive or may place a child at risk of abuse.

• use language, make suggestions or offer advice which is inappropriate, offensive or abusive

• behave physically in a manner which is inappropriate or sexually provocative

• have a child/children with whom they are working to stay overnight at their home unsupervised

• sleep in the same room or bed as a child with whom they are working

• do things for children of a personal nature that they can do for themselves

• condone, or participate in, behaviour of children which is illegal, unsafe or abusive

• act in ways intended to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade children, or otherwise perpetrate any form of emotional abuse

• discriminate against, show differential treatment, or favour particular children to the exclusion of others.

 

This is not an exhaustive or exclusive list.

 

It is important for all in contact with children to:

• be aware of situations which may present risks and manage these

• plan and organise the work and the workplace so as to minimise risks

• as far as possible, be visible in working with children

• ensure that a culture of openness exists to enable any issues or concerns to be raised and discussed

• ensure that a sense of accountability exists between adults – staff and visitors so that poor practice or potentially abusive behaviour does not go unchallenged

• talk to children about their contact with staff or others and encourage them to raise any concerns

• empower children - discuss with them their rights, what is acceptable and unacceptable, and what they can do if there is a problem

• not smoke or use any other form of illegal substances (drugs)

• not litter the area where sessions are being conducted – the play spaces The Footpath Scholar creates are safe spaces that should not pose any germ threats

• be aware that children are watching and learning from you – and may emulate behavior you display.

For example, a friendly punch among adults may look different to a child with whom we are trying to share the message of non-violence

It is inappropriate to:

• spend excessive time alone with children away from others

• take children to your home, especially where they will be alone with you

• take any photographs of the children during or after the session

 

C. THE FOOTPATH SCHOLAR GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR VOLUNTEERS AND VISITORS

 

DO

• Be alert and support the The Footpath Scholar team to protect the children from any physical, emotional or sexual injury or harm.

• Be a good role model – do not smoke, drink alcohol, take drugs, consume paan/ ghutka / misri in the presence of the children.

• Respect the surroundings – littering, spitting, defacing plants and the physical environment in any way is against the The Footpath Scholar ethic.

• Be warm, friendly and caring toward the children.

• Inform the activity leader/ Mentor in advance if you want to provide children with snacks or refreshments

• You feel the need to conduct an unplanned activity with the group or a child such as administer first-aid or giving children gifts/treats

• Recognise the developmental needs and capacities of children. Avoid excessive training or competition and pushing them against their will.

• Adhere to the time schedules.

• Avoid tight clothing, revealing clothes and high heeled shoes.

• Treat all children equally with respect and dignity.

• Be sensitive to the issues of children who are especially vulnerable in given contexts. for instance, the girl child, children with disabilities, children from backward socioeconomic groups etc.

• Recognise the developmental needs and capacity of young people and disabled adults – avoiding excessive training or competition and not pushing them against their will.

• Maintain a safe and appropriate distance with the children.

• Do not sleep in close proximity to the children.

• Do not enter a bathroom or toilet being used by the children.

 

DO NOT

• Carry any separate snacks or refreshments for yourself during sessions unless advised by a Doctor.

• Take photographs of the children during the session without prior permission.

• Counsel children on a one on one basis unless you are authorised by The Footpath Scholar to do so.

• Conduct any activities/events with the children unless The Footpath Scholar authorises you to do so.

• Make promises you cannot keep.

• Give your phone numbers, email address or postal address to the children. Do not take personal numbers, address of the children. Your contact point with the children is The Footpath Scholar.

• Use foul language, inappropriate words, tease, ridicule or humiliate children.

• Bully or harass any child.

• Punish children. Always report problems and issues to the activity leader / coordinator in-charge.

 

AVOID

The following should be avoided except in emergencies. Where unavoidable (e.g. the child sustains an injury and needs to go to hospital) ensure that action is taken only with the full knowledge and consent of person in charge).

Otherwise, avoid:

• Spending excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others.

• Taking children to or dropping them off, an event.

 

NEVER

Under no circumstances, does The Footpath Scholar sanction the following:

• Rough physical or sexually provocative games.

• Sharing a room with a child. In case there are no parents/ community staff/ teachers/NGO staff accompanying the children, the course leader must allot MB staff to stay in the dorm/ room during the night where the children are staying. It is recommended that s/he depute at least two staff for safety reasons. Male staff must be allotted to the boys' group and female staff to the girls group. The staff also needs to accompany the children to the toilets during the night if they are not in the same premises.

Any form of inappropriate touching.

• The use of inappropriate language.

• Sexually suggestive comments made to a child, even in fun.

• Reducing a child to tears as a form of control.

• Doing things of a personal nature for children or disabled adults that they can do for themselves.

• Inviting or allowing children to stay with you at your home.

D. THE FOOTPATH SCHOLAR GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR STAFF

The safety and security of children is the number one priority and responsibility of every The Footpath Scholar staff member who engages directly with children. The Footpath Scholar has created a set of Good Practice Guidelines that help all staff to ensure that children participate in a safe, joyful environment that ensures maximum learning. These guidelines are supported by a strict Code of Conduct that each staff member of the organisation is required to adhere to.

Good Practice Guidelines

 

Dos:

• Be alert to situations and objects that can potentially harm, risk or hurt the children.

• Be a good role model – do not smoke, drink alcohol, take drugs, consume paan/ ghutka / misri in the company of the children; do not deface the surroundings in any way. The Footpath Scholar strictly prohibits spitting, littering and destruction of public property in any way.

• Adhere to the time schedules.

• Always work in an open environment avoiding private or unobserved situations and encouraging open communication.

• Be warm, friendly and caring toward the children.

• Share feedback that is enthusiastic and constructive.

• Recognise the developmental needs and capacities of children. Avoid excessive training or competition and pushing them against their will.

• Treat all children equally, with respect and dignity.

• Be sensitive to the issues of children who are especially vulnerable in given contexts, for instance, the girl child, children with disabilities, children from backward socioeconomic groups etc.

• Maintain a safe and appropriate distance with the children.

a. Do not sleep in close proximity to the children.

b. Do not enter a bathroom or toilet being used by the children.

 

Do Nots:

• Do not use foul language, inappropriate words, tease, ridicule or humiliate children.

• Do not bully or harass the child.

• Do not counsel children on a one on one basis unless you are authorised by The Footpath Scholar to do so.

• Do not ever punish children.

• Do not make any promises you cannot keep.

• Do not give your phone numbers, address to the children. • Do not take personal numbers, address of the children. Your contact point with the children is The Footpath Scholar only.

• Do not carry any separate snacks or refreshments for yourself while on The Footpath Scholar activities.

• Do not take photographs of the children during the session without prior permission from Project Coodinator.

• Do not conduct any additional events/ activities with the children unless The Footpath Scholar authorizes you to do so.

 

AVOID

The following should be avoided except in emergencies. Where unavoidable (e.g. the child sustains an injury and needs to go to hospital) ensure that action is taken only with the full knowledge and consent of person in charge.

Otherwise, avoid:

• Spending excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others.

• Taking children to or dropping them off, an event.

 

NEVER

Under no circumstances, does The Footpath Scholar sanction the following:

• Rough physical or sexually provocative games.

• Sharing a room with a child. In case there are no parents/ community staff/ teachers/NGO staff accompanying the children, the course leader must allot MB staff to stay in the dorm/ room during the night where the children are staying. It is recommended that s/he depute at least two staff for safety reasons. Male staff must be allotted to the boys' group and female staff to the girls group. The staff also needs to accompany the children to the toilets during the night if they are not in the same premises.

• Any form of inappropriate touching.

• The use of inappropriate language.

• Sexually suggestive comments made to a child, even in fun.

• Reducing a child to tears as a form of control.

• Doing things of a personal nature for children or disabled adults that they can do for themselves.

• Inviting or allowing children to stay with you at your home.

 

E. CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE FOOTPATH SCHOLAR STAFF VOLUNTEERS AND VISITORS

The Footpath Scholar recognizes the role that each person of the The Footpath Scholar programme, including staff, volunteers and visitors, plays in the lives of children.

It therefore requires each person to recognize his/her responsibility in:

1. Ensuring that the welfare and safety of the children is paramount.

2. Respecting the rights, dignity and worth of every child and treating everyone equally, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion or ability.

3. Acting as a good role model and maintaining the highest standards of personal conduct.

4. Following the good practice guidelines for volunteers and visitors as stated in the Child Protection Policy to ensure physical, emotional and sexual safety of the children.

All the Complaint Forms must be addressed to the Project Coordinator and the authentication as well as action will be taken within the next 48 hours.