Rhema trains 30 in Child protection Policy

Rhema trains 30 in Child protection Policy
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Rhema trains 30 in Child protection Policy

By Staff Reporter

One of country’s child rights body Rhema Institute for Development has trained over thirty on safeguarding policy as whistle blowers in the area of Traditional Authority Mkukula in Dowa district through the assistance from Hope for a Child. UK.

Rhema Executive Director Innocent Semu said the training will help in safeguarding rights of young people.

Semu stressed the need of the Safeguarding Policy

He said the purpose of this policy is to protect children and vulnerable adults from any harm that may be caused directly or indirectly as a result of Hope for a Child’s activities.

He said this includes harm arising from the conduct of staff or personnel associated with Hope for a Child.

The policy lays out the commitments made by Hope for a Child, and informs staff and associated personnel of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding.

According to the training this policy does not cover bullying and harassment in the workplace as well as Safeguarding concerns in the wider community not perpetrated by Hope for a Child, its partners or other associated personnel.

According to Semu safeguarding means to protect people’s’ health, human rights and wellbeing, and to enable them to live a life where they don’t experience abuse, harm or neglect.

For Hope for a Child, this looks like protecting children and vulnerable adults from any harm that could arise from coming into contact with our staff, associates or projects and the policy applies to Hope for a Child contracted staff.

What we want is that any associated personnel while they are engaged with work or visits related to Hope for a Child, including but not limited to consultants; volunteers; contractors; programme visitors including journalists and politicians should be protected with this policy and we are fast to the belief that all people we come into contact with, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or ethnic origin have the right to be protected

from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation.”

Semu said Hope for a Child will not tolerate abuse and exploitation by staff or associated personnel.

Rhema believe that Children have the right to be protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation,

as outlined in Article 19 of The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which reads

‘States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.’

The UNCRC was ratified in the UK, and in Malawi in 1991.

One of the training beneficiary Lucy Malata commended Rhema for the training.

She said the training will help in whistleblowing for the institution.

According to UNICEF report children in Malawi continue facing abuse in various forms .

UNICEF’s Child Protection Programme establishes a child protection system that prevents and responds to all forms of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect of children.

The programme increases access to child protection services across the country, from districts to rural
communities.

The child protection sector is led and coordinated by the Ministry of Gender Children Disability and Social Welfare and includes other ministries, departments and agencies.

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