Child Protection Policy - Principles

Principles

  • FHMI has adopted the following principles to highlight its commitment and obligations as defined by law, to protect children and young people from harm and abuse.

  • FHMI seeks to promote the general health and welfare of children and commits itself to protect them from all types of harm and abuse, irrespective of the situation or context of where it occurs.

  • FHMI aims to promote a positive disciplinary environment. Physical striking the child with the hand or an implement is absolutely forbidden. In an overseas environment discipline cannot be merely a reflection of local behaviour, if that behaviour permits abuse.

  • FHMI believes that children have rights and are therefore committed to treating them with dignity, equality and respect.

  • FHMI is committed to raising awareness about what children need as individuals who have a right to be protected from abuse.

  • FHMI has adopted principled and clearly defined processes and procedures for the recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers to meet FHMI's aims and values.

  • FHMI seeks to plan and organise all areas of its work, to ensure the risks of abuse are minimised for children and young people coming into contact with staff, volunteers, members and the work of FHMI.

  • Effective procedures in responding to alleged and suspected incidents of harm and abuse have been put in place by FHMI and will be continually reviewed.

  • FHMI will continue to establish and maintain links with parents and other relevant organisations in its work and will continually strive to protect children from all forms of harm, abuse and exploitation.