Help And Shelter Lauches Child Protection Policy
Help & Shelter today launched its Child Protection Policy with emphasis on good practices for the safety and protection of children. The policy also outlined the consequences for officers attached to the organization that would have been found guilty of child abuse or any other violation of the policy.
Child Protection officer, Karen Gomes said the policy seeks to clarify the roles, responsibilities and procedures of its officers while dealing with child protection issues. She also noted that the policy is in keeping with the UN convention on the rights of the child and Guyana’s legislative requirement.
In the policy it states that an investigation will be conducted and completed within four weeks.
The organization also took the opportunity to introduce a new child protection project in four communities, Zeelugt, Hague,Sophia and Good Hope. The project is geared at increasing the awareness of child rights, parenting and non-violent discipline methods for parents and caregivers.