An initiative of Dr Donald Van Cooten in partnership with World Relief Australia

Child Protection

Breaking The Hunger Cycle 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 World Relief Australia.

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