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Child Protection

Global Poverty Solutions commits to zero tolerance of child abuse. We (and our development partners) will therefore:

  • Treat all children everywhere with respect regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, social status or political persuasion
  • Refrain from using language or behaviour towards children that is demeaning, harassing, culturally inappropriate or sexually provocative
  • Never engage children in any form of sexual activity or acts
  • Interact with children in such a way so as to facilitate transparency and accountability to other adults
  • Appoint teams rather than individuals to work with unaccompanied children
  • Refrain from physical punishment or discipline of children in the course of rendering aid
  • Not hire children for domestic tasks or other labour inappropriate for their developmental stage, which places them at risk of injury or prevents them from accessing education
  • Comply with all relevant Australian and local legislation, including labour laws in relation to child labour
  • Immediately report and investigate any concerns/allegations of child abuse with appropriate procedures
  • Appropriately use technology around children, including computers, mobile phones, video and cameras, and never engage in exploitative, harassing or pornographic activities
  • Comply with local traditions and cultural expectations when photographing/filming children
  • Obtain consent from the child or guardian prior to photographing/filming
  • Ensure all images present children in a dignified and respectful manner, adequately clothed and not in sexually suggestive poses
  • Not use images in such a way as to reveal identifying information about the child
  • Ensure all images are honest representations of the context and facts

To view our comprehensive Child Protection Policy, please contact Global Poverty Solutions.

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