Tuesday 01 September 2015

In September 2015 the Global Child Protection Leadership team will be staging its regional Child Protection Focal Point Meeting in Jamaica. The team has spent most of the last four years developing and institutionalizing our Child Protection policy; it may not be surprising if stakeholders are not greatly aware of our policy at the moment.  However, spreading the word and strong advocacy about keeping children safe will help to ensure that the policy is known and supported.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children and to upholding their rights as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989.  As part of that commitment we require that all staff, and those we work with, including partners and suppliers, operate within our Child Protection Policy which articulates our approach to protecting children and promoting their well being.  

Our Child Protection Policy (CPP) is part of our corporate governance, and is an expression of our values as an organisation.  Even when our programmes are not directly related, to children (ie less than 18 years) we believe it is still appropriate to mention our CPP. In addition, donors are increasingly focusing on child protection, and what their partners are doing to promote the protection of children, it is useful to highlight this area of our approach to our work.

As a part of awareness raising British Council Jamaica will be staging a Child Protection seminar in Kingston on September 17, 2015. The seminar will address key question such as, What does child protection actually mean? What is child abuse? Who is defined as a child? What's British Council strategy? And what happens when we have concerns about child abuse?

The seminar main focus will be to share information and give some answers to these questions and to dispel some of the myths around child protection work. It also explains how British Council help and support staff in meeting our obligation to duty of care towards all children we engage with.

If you are interested in taking part in this seminar please contact Morland Wilson at morland.wilson@britishcouncil.org.jm

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