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Child Protection

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According to the World Health Organization, ten per cent of boys and 20 per cent of girls throughout the world are the victims of child abuse. It is also known that on average, children with disabilities are twice as frequently affected by violence or abuse as those without disabilities.

CBM believes that all children without exception have the right to protection from abuse, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs. This policy was developed to safeguard the children and carers of children with whom we work.

Walking the talk

CBM and its partner organisations have a responsibility to safeguard the protection of children and persons who place their trust in us. Children and persons with disabilities are an especially vulnerable group and CBM is committed to having proper safeguards in place for their protection, including taking all reasonable measures to safeguard those with whom we work and taking reasonable steps to ensure that the risk of harm to such persons is minimised.

A Child Protection Policy is implemented throughout the organisation and new staff must sign up to a Code of Conduct to govern their behaviour while in the employment of CBM. Other aspects of child safety such as health and safety, anti-bullying and photography are given due consideration. Standards are applied throughout the organisation and Partner organisations are encouraged to adhere to these to ensure safe environments for children when working collaboratively with other organisations.  Persons or carers of those CBM works with will be informed of this policy and its procedures as appropriate.

CBM will not disclose details about a person which may compromise their safety, and reserves the right to change the name of any individual in published material the interest of their welfare. However, other facts publicised in CBM’s human interest stories published are true. Photos used on this website feature children with disabilities from communities and groups which CBM works with, but it should not be inferred that they are necessarily victims of violence or abuse.

CBM is a member of ISPCAN, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (www.ispcan.org). ISPCAN’s mission is to support individuals and organisations working to protect children from abuse and neglect worldwide.



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