Child Protection and The Dóchas Code
Children in Crossfire recognises the rights of all children in our care to be protected from harm. Ensuring every child’s protection plays a pivotal part in everything we do.We implement our Child Protection Policy with diligence and rigour to do everything we possibly can to prevent children suffering from harm.
We have aligned our policy, all our training and relevant country implementation procedures to:
Our Chain of Responsibility
- The Child Protection Board Focal Point
- responsible for considering child protection in all board decisions.
- responsible for ensuring Board review of Children in Crossfire’s Global structures and procedures for Child Protection.
- The CEO and Global Child Protection Manager at Headquarters
- Responsible for updating policy and designing and managing central structures and procedures for best practice globally.
- Country Directors and Child Protection Officers
- Responsible for implementing the policy, procedures, training, and required levels of monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
Our International Programme Approach
Children under the Care of our Partners
We are fully committed to supporting the development and implementation of partner policies and procedures in line with the requirements set out under ‘Partner Organisations’ in our Child Protection Policy.
A Programmatic Approach
Issues integral to child protection intersect with every one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and more recently the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Whether organisations are working on poverty reduction, getting children into school, tackling gender inequality or reducing child mortality, there is little hope of children reaching their full potential if they are not protected from violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse. Therefore, in order to fully achieve its mission, Children in Crossfire addresses elements of Child Protection at a strategic and programmatic level.
We do this by:
- partnering with other civil society organisations to advocate for the strengthening and implementation of laws affecting young children
- increasing knowledge of decision makers and key stakeholders with respect to the needs and rights of young children (0-8years) leading to strong resourced laws and policies
Overall, we promote the development and implementation of rigorous systems and structures which seek to prevent children suffering from harm either through our international work or our work in Ireland & UK.
DÓCHAS CODE OF CONDUCT ON IMAGES & MESSAGES
Children in Crossfire is a signatory to the Dóchas code of conduct on images and messages. The Dóchas Code offers a set of guiding principles that can assist organisations in their decision-making about which images and messages to choose in their communication while maintaining full respect for human dignity.
From our work with partners, we know that there are many different stories that we need to communicate. It is important that we present stories of justice and hope which respect the dignity of the people Children in Crossfire support.
We are very proud of commitment and belief in the code. To help us instil a ‘code culture’ where all of the images and messages are representative of the people we work with, we have appointed a Code Champion.
Donna would love to hear feedback from you. If you have any comments or concerns about the images we use and the stories we tell, we want to hear it. You can contact Donna on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further Reading and links to The Code of Conduct on Images and Messages
Dóchas has introduced a cross-sector feedback mechanism that you can make use of, should you not be satisfied with how we handle your comments and feedback available HERE.
- Download a pdf version of the Code of Conduct
- Have a look at the Guide to Understanding and Implementing the Code of Conduct on Images and Messages
- Visit Dóchas’swebsite on the Code of Conduct
- Visit theDóchas blog for a variety of articles, discussions and links on various topics, including communicating development.
- Further information aboutThe Complaints Mechanism