Child protection guidelines
Important instruments of the Child Protection Policy are the Child Protection Handbook and the Code of Conduct – (from p. 26 in the Child Protection Handbook), the Visitor Planning Information, the risk assessment guidelines, the guidelines for evaluating medical and partner projects, and the monitoring and evaluation instructions (English and Spanish) for ensuring that the Child Protection Policy is really applied. These materials are all available under ‘Downloads’.
The Steering Committee, the Executive Board, and doctors and staff travelling to the projects are all obliged to submit the signed Code of Conduct and a long-form Certificate of Good Conduct before departing.
There is a Child Protection Officer working at the head office and a Child Protection Representative working in each project (there is only one project where one still has to be appointed).
Doctors travelling to work in projects are sent the Child Protection Handbook by email. The local staff receive training on the subject and have to sign the Code of Conduct. Continuous monitoring is performed to ensure the Child Protection Policy is applied.
Contact is maintained with local child-protection institutions so that any children and young people can be looked after if it is discovered during medical consultations or in connection with the projects that they are victims of child abuse. The German Doctors set up the Malisa Home in Cagayan de Oro on the Philippines where victims of abuse and prostitution are taken in and cared for
Partner projects cooperating with the German Doctors – i.e. projects in which no German personnel is involved, but which receive our advice and financial support – are encouraged to introduce a child protection policy if they do not already have one.