Child Protection Policy

According to the principles which enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the recognition of the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Taking into consideration, as stated in the Declaration of the Rights, that the child, due to his physical and mental immaturity, needs special protection and care, including legal protection, both before and after his birth. The need to provide child special protection is already declared in the Declaration of the 1924 Geneva Convention on children's rights and the Declaration of the rights of the child, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1959 and was recognized in the global Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (particularly in Articles 23 and 24), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (especially in Article 10) and in the statutes and to the relevant bodies of specialized agencies and international organizations that ensure the well-being of the child.

Finally, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly on 20th of  November 1989. Greece signed the Convention on 26 January 1990 and ratified it on 2nd of December 1992 (Law 2101/1992).

The purpose of the present is to protect and safeguard the rights of children and young people in their contact with the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology and for the purposes of their psychosocial maturation and for their help to become complete personalities and to live an individual life in society and in the spirit of the ideals proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, and in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity. At the same time, they need to take all the necessary measures so that all the actions and programs of the Company are absolutely safe and suitable for the protection of children's personal and physical (emotional and mental) health.

DEFINITIONS

For the purposes of this:

CHILD: Based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a child is defined as any human being under the age of eighteen (18) unless the adult reaches an earlier age according with the law applicable to the child.

CHILD PROTECTION: The rules and commitments governing the operation of the Company in the development of its activities and the actions it undertakes with a view to the primary prevention and combating of all forms of child abuse.

CHILD ABUSE: Based on the World Health Organization, "Abuse or ill-treatment of a child includes all forms of physical or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglection of treatment or exploitation for commercial purposes which results in a particular potential damage to the life and development of the child, within a relationship of responsibility, trust and power. "

DIRECT CONTACT WITH CHILDREN / WORK WITH CHILDREN: The physical contact and live communication of the Company's staff with children during the execution of the various tasks and actions. The duration of physical contact between staff and children does not affect the event.

IMMEDIATE CONTACT WITH CHILDREN: Staff access to various information such as case studies, names, addresses, photos, family environment, religious habits and beliefs.

STAFF: All employees in the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology, including extraordinary associates and volunteers.

 

RULES FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE CHILD

All collaborators in any way with the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology are required at work, study, research:

  • To treat each child without any distinction as to race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other beliefs of the child or his / her parents or legal representatives or commissioners, or of their national, ethnic or social origin, their property condition, disability, birth or any other situation.

  • Respect the responsibility, right and duty of the parents or, as the case may be, members of the extended family or community as provided by local customs, commissioners or other persons legally responsible for the child.

  • Respect the child's right to preserve his / her identity, including his / her nationality, his / her name and family relationships, as recognized by law without unlawful interference.

  • Give and guarantee to the child who has the discrimination ability, the right to freely express his / her opinion on any matter concerning him / her, taking into account his / her views according to his / her age and degree of maturity. To evaluate if the child has discrimination ability, the age, the educational background, the cultural background and the possible learning difficulties or disabilities should be taken into account, based on the rules, the teachings of science and the personal point of view of the researcher.

  • Create the conditions that will give the child - by participating in the activities, work, research and studies of the Company - a sense of safety and care with the sole interest of the child.

  • Do not commit ourselves to the child for things that are not within our competence, to be honest with regard to our goals and actions, always in accordance with the measure of the psychic social development and perception of every child.

  • Inform children, in the language they understand, of the nature and purpose of the research.

  • To give children the freedom to choose in order to participate or not to participate in the Company's actions, without any form of direct or indirect pressure or direction towards any choice.

  • If for any reason a child chooses to leave, we must respect his or her desire.

  • Always ask prior to any action, work, study, research to obtain the written consent of the parents, representatives, or commissioners of the children to be involved and if the child is considered mature to provide his or her own consent to receive and his own consensus. In order to assess whether the child can give his / her consent, age, education, cultural background and any learning difficulties or disabilities should be taken into account, based on the rules and lessons of science but also on the personal crisis of the researcher.

  • Be especially careful in the case of perceiving any form of child abuse. Evaluate and investigate the event and if it is necessary to properly inform each competent body for the purpose of protecting and welfare of the child.

  • If a personal interview with the child is necessary, then we should take care in order to feel comfortable, not to feel afraid, threatened or isolated. Have visual access to space or open door.

  • Ensure that any materials that are used in the Company's actions are from safe, non-toxic materials to prevent any harm to children.

  • Avoid any unnecessary physical contact with children. In case of need, we must ensure that personal contact is of limited duration and absolutely necessary for the purpose of the action or first aid to the child. In any case, we must always take into account the child's age, perception, stage of development, gender, ethnicity and cultural and social background.

  • Evaluate each case and each child differently, based on their peculiarities and needs.

  • To ensure the approval of any action or investigation by the relevant ministry before proceeding.

  • To cooperate with authorities and promote actions for the protection and well-being of children.

  • Make démarches and suggestions for the most effective protection of children based on the results of our research and studies.

  • Announcing to every competent institution immediately everything that comes to our attention and concerns all kinds of child abuse, always in consultation with the head of the Company.

 

In any case, the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology maintains the right to control its staff, associates and volunteers in order to (a) have the necessary knowledge / expertise / experience in working with children and not to take actions that they cannot manage (b) apply for a certificate of a criminal record showing that the potential partner or volunteer has not been charged or convicted in the past for crimes against children.

 

The Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology operates and acts in accordance with its Code of Conduct by the American Psychological Association (www.apa.org/ethics/code/) subscribes to and accepts the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote 2007), the provisions of the Convention the United Nations Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (Rules of Beijing), the legal and social principles relating to the protection and welfare of children, especially regarding adoption and important placement in foster care at national and international level and the Declaration for the protection of women and children in time of emergency and armed conflict, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the Council of Europe Convention on the people's rights, of Law 3500/2006 on domestic violence and, more generally, all relevant laws on the protection and rights of the child, which he considers to be an integral part of the present.

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