Children are more vulnerable than adults just by being children, dependent on others for the realization of their rights. In a childcare institution (CCI) setting such as children’s homes, child care institutions, shelter homes, observation homes, adoption agencies, etc., children’s exposure to issues that would impede their rights to a safe & protected environment is much higher and the risk of child abuse and violation of child rights is far greater. CSA believes in and advocates child protection. CSA recognizes this and therefore, realizes that it is imperative for all stakeholders of CSA (partner childcare institutions, employees – full & part time, associates, trustees, vendors, and contractors, referral organizations, volunteers – full & part time, donors) to practice the highest standards of child protection.
CSA’s intervention with children at childcare institutions includes conducting various activities with children like health & hygiene camps, educational, awareness sessions, children committees, vocation training, counseling, fun & games etc. In order for CSA to achieve its objectives, it is dependent on a complex web of relationships that involve childcare institutions (CCI’s) & their trustees, caretakers, child welfare committees/women & child development officials, contract staff, donors, volunteers, communities, vendors, contractors, suppliers. CSA’s success is purely based on the honesty, integrity and commitment of all its stakeholders. Therefore, to minimize child protection risk and ensure that children are protected at all times, CSA has developed this Child Protection Policy (CPP) with a clearly outlined code of conduct, basic minimum standards, reporting mechanism and operational guidelines. This policy also intends to increase the awareness on child protection at the workplace, and in the community.