In line with Malawi constitution One Community (OC) takes seriously the responsibility to promote child safe practices and protect children from harm, abuse, neglect and sexual exploitation in any form. OC is therefore committed to providing a secure environment for children in all program implementation areas. Our Child Safety Policy reaffirms that commitment and addresses the obligations and procedures to report known or suspected abuse or neglect of a child under applicable law.
All One Community employees, associates, visitors are required to comply with the requirements of the policy. Employees refer to individuals who receive a regular salary or any form of remuneration for work done under OC. Associates refer to a range of paid and non-paid individuals who have committed to work with or support OC activities including volunteers, resource persons, researchers, consultants staff and/ or representatives of Community Based Organisations and various governments departments. Visitors refer to a range of persons who are visiting program areas and may come into contact with children during the course of the visit and include journalists, media, researchers and celebrities.
OC programs will require all employees and other persons participating in its activities be provided with mandatory training on the appropriate conduct around children, protecting children from abuse and neglect, and reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect.
One Community does not dictate the belief and values systems of One Community staff, associates or visitors on how they conduct their personal businesses. However, actions taken by them out of working hours that are seen to contradict our policy will be considered as a violation of the policy. All One Community staff, associates or visitors should bear in mind that principles contained in the policy will apply both during work and outside working hours.
A signed copy of this policy will be required for all OC staff, associates or visitors as evidence that the concerned parties understand the provisions of the policy, their obligations and the consequences for breaching the policy.