Football for Humanity has formulated a Child Protection Policy to ensure that all of the people who work for, and with Football for Humanity, inclusive of Trustees, staff, volunteers, consultants, partners, sponsors, suppliers and contractors have a uniform understanding of the basic provisions as set in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child , and as such, shall carry the same beliefs and practices which are intended to protect children from harm, abuse, and exploitation.
These guidelines and standards shall be adhered to in all of our projects, initiatives, communications, office policies, training policies, hiring policies, and office and administrative as well as on-field procedures. Furthermore, these guidelines shall be promoted in all of the countries and territories we work in, and we shall support interventions that tackle children’s vulnerabilities to the risks of harm such as: violent extremism, terrorism, female genital cutting, child trafficking, natural hazards and man-made disasters, violence in schools and at home, child labour and early marriage, social exclusion and discrimination, lack of care and a supportive environment.
To reduce the risks for children we monitor staff and external people that work for us, or come in to contact with children. These mechanisms are designed to prevent harm:
1. Internal responsibilities
A designated Board Member is designated as the Child Protection Specialist and is assigned the responsibility of ensuring child protection in relation to all Board decisions. All Board members, and relevant staff, interns and volunteers, and where appropriate, partners/suppliers, must obtain character and criminal clearance from their home countries or territories of operation, prior to joining FFH.
Football for Humanity staff, along with long-term volunteers, undergo formal child protection training. Children’s participation in our activities will be monitored to serve the children’s best interests and their protection from unintended harm. This likewise covers details and images of children and other community members, and we shall ensure that data and images are appropriate and are held as safely as possible. To prevent future conflicts, we will issue information among partners, guardians and caregivers such that they will also be familiar with our child protection policy.
2. External responsibilities
To ensure we do not put children at risk through contact with external people, who do not work for Football for Humanity, we may from time to time, consult with the authorities, other organizations and the appropriate government office, to vet partners, potential employees, and consultants. We retain the right to turn down requests to support Football for Humanity at our discretion.
We require supporters visiting communities or those whom we put into direct contact with children to obtain a background check from the DBS prior to being accepted to the organization.
We screen all communications from sponsors to sponsored children for any inappropriate written or visual material. Where the sponsor writes in a child’s local language not spoken at Football for Humanity, local colleagues are asked to carefully check the content.
As much as possible, all correspondence to our beneficiary children must first be cleared with our communications and social media specialist to prevent unregulated and possibly inappropriate contact between sponsors and sponsored children. Where relevant we return correspondence explaining our concerns and actions.
Any concerns are referred to the Child Protection Policy Specialist who liaises with any appropriate external bodies.
3. Reporting and responding
We ensure that child protection is a basic requirement in all projects supported by Football for Humanity. All staff have a responsibility to consider and help minimise the child protection risks of activities. Our projects aim to promote social inclusion and protection of the most marginalised children and those most at risk.