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Does your organisation need a child protection policy?

The answer to this question is almost certainly ‘yes’. Any organisation that comes into contact with children directly or indirectly should have a child protection policy, including most organisations working in international development / aid, not just organisations that focus on children’s activities.

Direct contact with children includes activities where children are the main participants, such as education sessions at schools, or holiday camps. Indirect contact includes any activities where children may be present, even if they are not a direct participant. For example, children are often present during home visits and public events. They may accompany their parents to meetings or government offices.

There are a wide range of resources available to help organisations develop and implement child protection policies, including:

For additional resources see the Unicef list of web toolkits for child protection.

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About Piroska Bisits Bullen

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Piroska has worked on a range of international development programs involving local NGOs, international NGOs, UN agencies and government. She holds a Ph.D. in public health, has published articles in several journals, and was a speaker at TEDx Phnom Penh. Piroska is passionate about using scientific evidence and creativity to design programs that work.
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