With Child Protection, we mean the work being undertaken to strengthen laws, policies and systems, designed to protect children in their own family and community. Within CCCD programs, this can be done in many ways: from setting up and/or strengthening child protection committees and child rights clubs to supporting communicaties to develop child protection (by)laws to link communities to government bodies involved in child protection, and many other forms. Watch the short movie on child protection!
A specific element of child protection is child safeguarding. The Child Safeguarding Policy of Help a Child, which is part of our Integrity Policy, describes our procedures to minimize risks and how to respond to child protection concerns in our organization. This policy also provides guidelines for sponsorship, communication and ICT, (group) visits and other subjects in relation to child protection.
Code of Conduct
As part of our Integrity Policy, each Help a Child staff member, partner organization, consultant, visitor or any other person representing Help a Child, needs to sign our Code of Conduct, declaring that they will actively participate in building and maintaining a safe environment for children and their vulnerable families.
Child Protection guidelines and tools
Child Protection Guidelines
Children and their wellbeing are the heart of our work. Child protection is therefore an important aspect of our work to ensure children’s safety and holistic development. To clarify on what we do within Child Protection, Child Protection Global Program Guidelines have been set up.
Risks and support mapping toolsheet
This is a tool to gain insight in and document critical child protection issues and priorities in a community. The goals of the session is to identify and prioritise child protection issues in the community. To identify particular groups of children that are more vulnerable than others to abuse, exploitation ...
Child protection assessment toolsheet
This child protection assessment consists of several tools for data gathering and analyses. It will give local NGO’s and governments insights in child protection issues, causes and systems in a targeted community and its wider context. It enables them to design programmes to address child protection issues with appropriate ...
Child protection self audit toolsheet
This is a self-audit tool to assess how well you are integrating child safeguarding measures across your organisation. Audience: All staff members (from all organizational levels), including senior executives, programme managers and officers, drivers and cleaners.
Child protection staff training toolsheet
This is a 3-4 hours’ staff training on child safeguarding for organisations working with children, families and/or communities. This training can be used either as a first-time training or a refresher course. Regular (annual or biennial) training on the subject helps your staff to stay focused on your child ...
Child Safeguarding reporting form
Use this form to report any childprotection incident in which staff or volunteers are involved.
Standard Operating Procedures South Sudan
Standard Operating Procedures (example)
For South Sudan, Help a Child has developed Standard Operating Procedures to guide case management processes to have a coordinated, standardized and harmonized approach. The guidelines outline what to do in specific individual cases, offering a set of information and procedures.
Symptoms, assessment questions and referral options (example)
This annex gives a quick overview of symtoms, assessment questions and referral options for children with specific and urgent protection needs. This is a contextualized version for South Sudan.