Principles for integrated child protection systems
National child protection systems are put in place to protect children from violence. Strengthening child protection systems was the main topic of the 2015 European forum on the rights of the child. Ten principles for integrated child protection systems were discussed at the meeting.
In short the 10 Principles state that:
- every child is recognised, respected and protected as a rights holder, with non-negotiable rights to protection
- no child is discriminated against
- child protection systems include prevention measures
- families are supported in their role as primary caregivers
- society is aware and supportive of the child's right to freedom from all forms of violence
- child protection systems ensure adequate care, including
- standards, indicators and systems of monitoring and evaluation
- child safeguarding policies and reporting mechanisms for organisations working with children
- certification and training for all professionals working for and with children.
- child protection systems have transnational and cross-border mechanisms in place
- no child should be without the support and protection of a legal guardian or other responsible adult or competent public body at any time
- training on identification of risks is given to teachers, health sector professionals, and social workers
- safe, well-publicised, confidential and accessible reporting mechanisms are in place.
Child protection policies for organisations working with children
Organisations working directly for and with children should be guided by child protection policies and reporting mechanisms.
The Keeping Children Safe child safeguarding standards cover:
- Policy: the organisation develops a policy that describes how it is committed to preventing, and responding appropriately to, harm to children
- People: the organisation places clear responsibilities and expectations on its staff and supports them to understand and act
- Procedures: the organisation creates a child-safe environment through child safeguarding procedures that are applied across the organisation
- Accountability: the organisation monitors and reviews its safeguarding measures.