CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
(Revised October 2007)
The IKOK-C recognizes that child protection should not be treated in isolation. To ensure a consistent and effective approach we will:
· The Board of Directors will take guidance given by Local Authorities and Child Protection Agencies;
· We will ensure that all instructors are properly vetted. This procedure will require criminal records check;
· We may ask for the names of two references that are prepared to provide written affidavits for the instructor. The references may be contacted personally by the IKOK-C Board of Directors.
· All instructors agree to adhere to the direction in the IKOK-C Child Protection Policy. (October 2007)
Statement of Purpose
The IKOK-C believes that every child, regardless of age, has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that results in a child being physically or psychologically damaged. If we have suspicions about a child’s physical, sexual, or emotional well being we will take action.
What is child abuse? Child abuse can take many forms.
· Physically hurting or injuring a child;
· When the nature and intensity of training exceeds the capacity of the child immature and growing body;
· Failure to provide a training environment that caters for a child basic physical needs (e.g. lighting, heating, toilet facilities);
· Leaving a child unsupervised;
· Exposing a child to undue risk of injury;
· Inappropriate physical contact with a child;
· Shouting at, or verbally abusing a child;
· Inappropriate criticism of a child;
· Creating unrealistic pressure to perform to high expectations;
· Where there is neglect, sexual or physical abuse.
IKOK-C members are expected to reduce situations for abuse of children by adhering to good practice.
It does not make sense to:
· Spend excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others;
· Take children alone in a car on journeys, however short;
· Take children to your home alone.
You should never:
· Engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games;
· Allow or engage in inappropriate touching of any form;
· Allow children to use inappropriate language;
· Make sexually suggestive comments to or in front of a child;
· Let allegations a child makes go unchallenged or unrecorded;
· Do things of a personal nature that children can do for themselves (if a child is young or disabled it may be necessary to assist in such things, but this should be done with full parental consent).
IKOK-C members are also in a position to recognize signs of a child being abused outside of classes. It is your responsibility to act if you have concerns with regards to the well being of a child.
Signs, which may indicate abuse, include:
· Unexplained bruising or injuries;
· Sexually explicit language or actions;
· Sudden changes in behavior;
· Something a child has said;
· A change observed over a long period of time (e.g. loss of weight, or becoming increasingly dirty or unkempt);
If you have concerns you should
· Discuss your concerns with the child parents, guardian or care-givers;
· Contact the police or social services (these services have a duty under legislation to ensure children are protected and to help those that have been abused);
· Advice can be obtained from the Help Line for Children by dialing 0 and asking the operator for Zenith 1234. (Toll free 24hrs). There is also a counseling and referral phone number for children called the Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868.
Instructors should understand what child abuse is;
Avoid situations for abuse of children by adhering to good practice;
Recognize the signs of a child being abused outside of your classes;
If you have concerns, do something.