The protection of children is crucial to their survival, health, and wellbeing. Unfortunately, millions of children are exploited, abused and are victims of violence. Every day, children are forced to work on farms, on the streets, as prostitutes, casual workers or domestic help. Abuse, exploitation, and violence – disgraceful as they are – usually occur in private. Only time reveals the consequences: children uneducated, unhealthy, and impoverished.
ISDP supports the rights of children and is committed to their safety and well-being.
ISDP’s staff members and those working with ISDP share a common responsibility and commitment to the awareness, prevention, and reporting of and responding to child abuse in the course of their work.
ISDP has put in place a Child Protection Policy to set out common values, principles, and beliefs and describes the steps that will be taken to meet our commitment to protect children.
Who is a Child
ISDP consider a child to be “every human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier”. This is in accordance with Article 1 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.
We define child abuse as all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including commercial exploitation, sexual abuse while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.
Principles and values
The following principles and values reflect ISDP’s stand on child protection:
- Zero tolerance of child abuse: ISDP does not tolerate any form of child abuse, nor does it tolerate possession or access to any material that is abusive towards children. Guidance and training on child protection risk management is provided to ISDP staff. ISDP does not knowingly engage anyone who poses a direct risk to children.
- Recognition of children’s interests: ISDP recognizes that some children are at greater risk of abuse. Of particular vulnerability are children with disabilities, children in conflict situations as well as children in natural or post natural disaster situations.
- Sharing responsibility of child protection: When bidding for projects in association with firms that do not have a child protection policy, ISDP will ensure that associate firms agree to adopt ISDP’s Child Protection Policy and Child Protection Code of Conduct for the duration of the project.