Child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, develoProgram Managerent or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power(Source: A report of the consultation on child abuse prevention, WHO, Geneva, 29-31 March 1999, defines child abuse as).
Teach To Lead Staff and Fellows must be aware of the following types of abuse and understand that they are prohibited as per this policy.
1.1. Physical abuse: The intentional use of physical force against a child that results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity. This includes hitting, beating, kicking, shaking, biting, strangling, scalding, burning, poisoning and suffocating.
1.2. Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse includes the failure to provide a developmentally appropriate, supportive environment, so that the child can develop a stable and full range of emotional and social competencies commensurate with his or her personal potential and in the context of the society in which the child dwells. Acts include restriction of movement, patterns of belittling, denigrating, scapegoating, threatening, scaring, discriminating, ridiculing or other non-physical forms of hostile or rejecting treatment.
1.3. Neglect and negligent treatment: We hold ourselves responsible that all children in our class are free from our neglect. Neglect is the failure on the part of the parents, guardian, teacher or other responsible party to provide for the child's basic needs, such as food, shelter, medical care, educational opportunities, or protection and supervision. It is abuse through omission of the necessary environment and resources for the child to reach their full potential; and the act of not recognizing physical or emotional abuse.
1.4. Exploitation: Commercial or other exploitation of a child refers to use of the child in work or other activities for the benefit of others. This includes, but is not limited to, child labour and child prostitution. These activities are to the detriment of the child’s physical or mental health, education, or spiritual, moral or social-emotional development.
1.5. Sexual abuse:
2.1 This CPP is applicable to all part time and full time employees (including but not limited to Staff, Fellows, Interns) of Teach To Lead and any other person who has been bound to the Child Protection Policy as per their contractual agreement with Teach To Lead.
2.2 This policy will be shared and explained to all school HMs/Lead teachers
|Expected Behaviour and Actions||Prohibited Behaviour and Actions|
|Treat every Child with empathy and respect, regardless of his/her race, colour, gender, sexuality, language, religion, religious belief, heritage, political/other opinion, national/ethnic/social origin or property/disability/birth/other status.||Do not use language or behaviour towards Children that is inappropriate, harassing, abusive, sexually provocative, demeaning, intimidating, offensive, discriminatory or culturally insensitive.|
|Listen to Children and respect their views.|
|Ensure that physical contact with a Child is respectful, culturally appropriate and essential to the purpose of your interaction with the Child.||Do not use any form of corporal punishment on Children.|
|Establish an atmosphere that fosters the development of Children through your actions and words.||Do not place a Child at risk of harm or abuse and do not harm or abuse any Child physically, emotionally or sexually.|
|Always take permission from Children before taking their photos or videos.||Do not share with or show Children (electronically or in any other form) inappropriate content including pornographic material or material encouraging crime, violence, terrorism, racism, sexism, self-harm, suicide, cruelty and gambling.|
|Keep all personal information about Children or their parents/guardians confidential and secure and ensure that such information is dispensed to only those individuals who are legitimately entitled to it.|
|Do not develop, induce or support physical or sexual relationships with Children, in any way.|
|Do not use or encourage the use of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or other intoxicating substances while interacting with Children and from providing such intoxicating substances to Children.|
|Do not develop any form of relationship or arrangement (financial or otherwise) with Children which could in any way be deemed to be exploitative or abusive. Do not use Child labour in any form.|
|Attend all the applicable training sessions and workshops on the CPP and Child-related laws conducted by the Organization. Ensure you implement the lessons learned from such sessions and workshops.|
4.1. On-Boarding Staff and Fellows
4.2. Where the organization undertakes any research on Children or collects data on them, ensuring that Children are not harmed or traumatized in any way during the process
4.3. Partnerships to Support Implementation where possible
4.4. Redressal Mechanisms: Assigning responsibility to specific individuals or groups of individuals within the organisation to ensure procedures and arrangements are in place for effective implementation of the policy and redressal of Child abuse complaints. These include:
5. There are 3 scenarios under which the Child Protection Policy can be violated. The guidelines set out in this section will govern the reporting and redressal of each of the respective scenarios: