View the Policies : Version for Everyone

Child Rights Connect is committed to realizing children’s rights around the globe. We acknowledge our duty to be as effective and efficient as possible, as well as to be transparent, accountable and responsive to all our stakeholders, including children. Our top priority is to be and act as a child safe organisation.  

Our organisational policies support and promote transparency and accountability at all levels of our organisation, including within our network, and help meet the expectations and rights of all our stakeholders, in particularly of children. 

Our key policies, set out below, apply to members of our Network and Executive Committee (Board) and we ask them to sign that they have read and understand their related responsibilities, and commit to comply with these policies. 

Child safeguarding policy and procedure

Child Rights Connect has an unequivocal commitment to child safeguarding and to being a child safe organisation. Our Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedure aims to make sure no child who is engaged in action with Child Rights Connect comes to any harm. To ensure the safety and wellbeing, and prevention of abuse, of all children involved in our activities, to promote child safeguarding standards and actions in line with our Policy and Procedure among our network members and partners, and to adequately respond to any incident or concern, we have an internal Child Safeguarding Focal Person, who can be contacted at: [email protected].  

Anti-corruption policy

Child Rights Connect has a zero-tolerance policy on bribery, fraud and corruption and requires its staff and those with whom it works to declare actual or potential conflicts of interest. Our Anti-Corruption Policy explains how we address these risks, how we respond to confirmed cases of bribery, fraud and corruption, and the roles and responsibilities of our staff, consultants, interns and volunteers, Executive Committee members, network members and others collaborating with us.  

Whistleblower policy

Our Whistleblower Policy outlines the standards we expect from everyone at Child Rights Connect and encourages anyone, including from outside the organisation, to speak up about unacceptable behaviour, wrongdoing or violations of human rights, applicable laws, and our policies. We firmly commit to the principle of no retaliation against any whistleblower.  

A summary of our policy, including the reporting procedure, can be found below

If you want to report wrongdoing by a Child Rights Connect staff, consultant, intern, volunteer or Executive Committee member, please use our online reporting form. If you need any special assistance in filing this form, or simply have a question on this policy, please contact one of the these persons: [email protected] (our Executive Director); or [email protected] (our Vice President); or [email protected] (our President). Please otherwise feel free to contact [email protected] with any questions about the policy. 

Summary of our Whistleblower policy

Purpose and scope

Child Rights Connect requires staff, consultants, interns, volunteers and members of its Executive Committee (ExCo) to observe the highest standards of professional and personal ethics in their work. The organisation has zero tolerance for any conduct contrary to relevant laws and human rights standards or contrary to its organisational policies.

This policy aims to encourage and enable any person, including those outside of the organisation, to report a suspected violation so that Child Rights Connect can address and correct improper action.

Acting in good faith

Any person reporting a suspected violation is expected to act in good faith. This means she/he must reasonably believe that a staff member, consultant, intern, volunteer or Executive Committee member of Child Rights Connect has failed to comply with human rights standards, laws and regulations applicable to the organisation, or Child Rights Connect organisational policies.

Reporting procedure

Any person outside of Child Rights Connect who wishes to report a suspected violation should share their concerns in writing through the dedicated online whistleblower reporting form. Reporting anonymously is possible through this form. The reporting form collects information on the alleged violation(s), including but not limited to its nature, who allegedly acted wrongly, what occurred and when, and how and when the person came to know about it, with a view to allow proper investigation and follow-up.

Once submitted through Child Rights Connect’s website, and depending on who allegedly acted wrongly, the completed form is automatically forwarded to the following responsible persons, with no copies stored on the website:

  • The Executive Director of Child Rights Connect (through this email address solely managed by the post-holder: [email protected]); or
  • In the case where the suspected violation involves the Executive Director or a member of the ExCo, to the ExCo Vice-President (through this email address solely managed by the post-holder: [email protected]); or
  • In the case where the suspected violation involves the ExCo Vice-President, to the ExCo President (through this email address solely managed by the post-holder: [email protected])

Child safeguarding and whistleblower reporting procedure

If a child wishes to communicate a complaint about Child Rights Connect (of any nature) or an adult wishes to communicate a complaint about allegations of child abuse, they are encouraged to refer to the versions of our policies for everyone and use the dedicated reporting form, in line with Child Rights Connect’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedure.

No retaliation and confidentiality

Child Rights Connect is committed to protect from adverse consequences those who report a suspected violation. Any employee, consultant, intern, volunteer, Executive Committee member or Network member who retaliates against a person reporting a suspected violation will be sanctioned.

Any person reporting a suspected violation may request confidentiality. Such communications will be kept confidential to the extent that an adequate investigation allows so.

Handling of complaints

Depending on the subject of the suspected violation, Child Rights Connect Executive Director or Vice-President or President is responsible for investigating the matter and reporting to the full Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for deciding on a response, communicating it to those involved, and overseeing the implementation of the response. Any Executive Committee member involved in allegations will be automatically excluded from this process.

Access our online reporting form