Human Practice Foundation’s (“HPF”) mission is to improve the quality of life through education for children and young people living in under-served areas of the world. We envision a world where all children have access to free quality education and decent jobs after graduating, laying the foundation for sustainable communities.
At HPF, we believe in the inherent rights, freedom, dignity, and equality of people, including all children. Children can be extremely vulnerable, especially in situations of poverty, humanitarian crisis or conflicts and deserve the highest possible standards of protection. Furthermore, various factors such as class, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, disability or being displaced, (can) further raises the risk of child abuse and exploitation due to increased vulnerability.
HPF is a child centred organization, and we come into contact with children every day in the course of our work. In the delivery (execution) of our work, we are committed to upholding the rights of children, and safeguarding them against actions (intended or unintended) that place them at risk of all forms of discrimination, violation, injury, abuse, and exploitation.
HPF´s work aims to ensure that the rights of all children are recognized in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 19 of the Convention describes how the State Parties shall protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse.
This policy covers HPF´s responsibility for protecting all children in our programs and activities from all forms of discrimination, violation, injury, abuse, and exploitation.
1.2. Core Principles
Human Practice Foundation intends to uphold the below Core Principles in all its work as they represent what HPF believes in, stands for, and how the organization approaches everything it does. Quality Education is a prerequisite for improving lives and a powerful way to directly and indirectly contribute towards several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Today, HPF is focusing on goal numbers 1, 3 4, 6 and 8.
- Child empowerment through education
HPF takes a holistic view on child empowerment through Quality Education; with teacher, local authorities, community and parent capacity building.
- Feet on the ground
Projects are developed and implemented by strong local teams that understand local culture, customs and context.
- Local participation & ownership
Priorities are determined by local stakeholders and local communities co-financing of school projects, ensuring local ownership and empowerment.
- Maximum Impact
Highest efficiency from donations, 100% of donations for earmarked investments in projects; all non-project costs funded separately by Founding Partners.
- Full Transparency
Full accountability of use of funding to each donor.
Detailed reporting system with data collection, fact-driven monitoring and analysis of projects, their progress and results.
Every child in HPF’s programs and activities shall be protected from all forms of discrimination, violation, injury, physical-, psychological-, and sexual abuse, as well as sexual exploitation through compliance with the present policy.
The children in our programs, their families and surrounding stakeholders shall be aware of and understand the importance of this policy. They shall be informed of how deviation from this policy is to be reported.
This policy must be clearly visible and accessible to all HPF Personnel and Partners (See section 3). There must also be a child friendly version, easily accessible for children to read and understand.
The rights of the child are of primary importance. Every effort must be made to protect the child in any investigation. The safety and security of the child comes first.
This policy applies globally to all HPF employees, representatives, contractors, researchers, trustees, consultants, advisors, interns, volunteers, and donors who visit HPF´s programs and activities or offices (“HPF Personnel”). This policy recognizes that HPF Personnel may have access to sensitive, confidential information about children, access to images and may visit HPF programs and activities.
This policy also applies to staff and representatives of partner organizations (“Partner(s)”).
Furthermore, this policy applies to HPF Board Members as they provide direction and govern the organization and Founding Partners when engaging directly in HPF activities.
This Child Safeguarding Policy applies to all contracted employees, local and internationally, employed by HPF (“Employees”), as well as volunteers (“Volunteers”) at HPF.
All Employees and Volunteers must protect and comply with the principles covered by this Child Safeguarding Policy. As from the date of implementation of the Child Safeguarding Policy, it will constitute an integral part of any Employee and/or Volunteer contract and behaviour with HPF.
HPF shall be a safe and secure organization for children. HPF has a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination, violation, abuse, and exploitation of children, and do not accept any behaviour that breaches this policy. This means that all HPF Personnel and Partners (see section 3) have an obligation to have read the policy, to share its basic philosophy and follow the obligations as defined by HPF.
As part of our onboarding process, Employees and Volunteers must familiarize themselves with the Child Safeguarding Policy. By signing the enclosed Statement of Acceptance (appendix a) as part of their contract, they confirm that they acknowledge, will protect and comply with the Child Safeguarding Policy as well as the Code of Conduct.
For Employees this Child Safeguarding Policy shall be used to define rules of behaviour when making decisions that might have ethical implications. It is encouraged to think before acting and to seek guidance when in doubt.
HPF commits to pursuing full compliance with the principles and purpose of this Child Safeguarding Policy in all project and partnership agreements.