Organisational child protection –
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
[Originally written in October 2005 by Marie Wernham for the Consortium for Street Children with the assistance of Chris Beddoe from ECPAT UK. Adapted here by MW for CREATE]
Much of the following information is taken from “Child Protection Policies and Procedures Toolkit: How to Create a Child-Safe Organisation” by Elanor Jackson & Marie Wernham (ChildHope, March 2005). You are strongly advised to refer to it, as it offers a practical training guide for introducing, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating child protection policies and procedures within organisations.
- What is ‘child protection’?
- What is a ‘child protection policy’?
- What is ‘child abuse’?
- Why do we need child protection policies and procedures?
- My organisation is based in the UK and does not have direct contact with children: do we still need a policy and procedures?
- What are the consequences of not having a child protection policy and procedures in place?
- What do child protection policies and procedures involve?
- We don’t have time to deal with this. What’s the bare minimum we have to do?
- What’s the most important thing I need to know?
- How can I do police checks outside England and Wales?
- Is there an international register of child sex offenders that I can check?
- Child protection is all about doing police checks, right?
- What materials, information and support exist to help me?
Overseas partner organisations
- How do I raise the issue of child protection with my overseas partner organisation?
- My overseas partner organisation is offended that I have raised this issue: what should I do?
- My organisation is thinking of making links with, and possibly supporting, a new partner overseas. What can I do to ‘check out’ their child protection situation?
Dealing with concerns
- I suspect that there is a problem with someone in the organisation. I have heard rumours about a member of staff. What should I do?
- What do I do if a child makes an allegation?
- How do I know if an allegation that has been made is true or false? (In the country where my partner organisation works, there is a culture of making false allegations to discredit individuals)
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
- What is the ‘Criminal Records Bureau’?
- What is the difference between ‘basic’, ‘standard’ and ‘enhanced’ disclosures?