Child SAFEGUARDING policy
Act for Peace is committed to the safety and well being of all children. Act for Peace takes its duty of care seriously and will aim at all times to provide the safest possible environment for children. Please refer to the Act for Peace Child Safeguarding Policy for more information.
Use of Children’s Images
Act for Peace will at all times portray children in a respectful, appropriate and consensual way. Act for Peace requires that when photographing or filming a child for work purposes, all staff, volunteers, contractors and others representing or visiting Act for Peace projects must:
- Not post photos taken of children during a field visit on any of personal social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blog, website, etc.)
- Assess and endeavour to comply with local traditions or restrictions for reproducing personal images before filming or photographing a child.
- Obtain ‘informed consent’ from the child and parent or guardian before taking a child’s photography or filming them. As part of this the photographer must explain how and where the photograph or film will be used and for what purpose. The photographer will use the Media and Communications Consent Form to record all details of the image taken. If culturally appropriate, the photographer will ask the parent to sign the Consent Form, otherwise the photographer will ask for verbal consent and then sign the form themselves. This form will be kept on file at the AfP office as important evidence that consent has been sought and given.
- Ensure photographs or films present children in a dignified and respectful manner and not in a vulnerable or submissive manner. Children should be adequately clothed and not in poses that could be seen as sexually suggestive.
- Ensure images are honest representations of the context and the facts.
- Ensure children are portrayed as part of their community.
- Ensure file images do not reveal identifying information about a child when sending images electronically.
- Ensure there is no identifying information of the child used in the publication of images with their location. The photographer will ensure all recorded identifying details are stored confidentially.
- Ensure all photographers they are supervising are screened for their suitability, including police checks.
Download Act for Peace's full Child Safeguarding Policy here.
Complaints Policy and Procedures
Act for Peace is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. We are committed to providing high-quality humanitarian, development and advocacy programmes and to work in an open and accountable way. Act for Peace takes its duty of care seriously and aims at all times to provide the safest possible environment for children. If for any reason you would like to lodge a complaint, you may do so by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of our complaints form can be downloaded here. Read Act for Peace's Complaints Handling Policy and Procedures here. For more information about the ACFID code of conduct visit www.acfid.asn.au or phone +61 2 6285 1816.
More ways to take action
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