Child Protection Policy

Introduction: New Light Nepal is committed to ensuring the safety, protection, and well-being of children in all aspects of our work. We recognize the significance of Nepali culture and traditions while upholding international standards for child protection. This policy outlines our dedication to safeguarding children involved with our organization and promoting a safe environment that respects and preserves Nepali values.

Scope: This policy applies to all staff members, volunteers, contractors, partners, and individuals associated with New Light Nepal. It encompasses all activities and interactions involving children, both directly and indirectly, within the organization.

Key Principles:

  1. Respect for Nepali Culture: We acknowledge and respect Nepali culture, customs, and family values in our child protection practices while ensuring that the safety and well-being of children are paramount.
  2. Child Participation: We believe in promoting the participation and involvement of children in decisions affecting their lives, taking into consideration their age, maturity, and cultural background.
  3. Inclusivity and Non-Discrimination: Our organization ensures equal treatment for all children, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, caste, gender, ability, or any other characteristic.
  4. Family and Community Engagement: We recognize the importance of family and community in child protection efforts, and we will collaborate with parents, guardians, and local stakeholders to create a protective environment for children.
  5. Confidentiality and Privacy: All child protection concerns and related information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality, and access to this information will be restricted to authorized personnel only.
  6. Sensitivity to Trauma and Culture: We will approach child protection issues with sensitivity to trauma and cultural differences, ensuring that children are treated with compassion and understanding.

Child Protection Procedures:

  1. Recruitment and Vetting: All individuals who may come into contact with children through our organization, including staff, volunteers, and partners, will undergo thorough background checks and vetting processes.
  2. Child Safeguarding Training: All personnel will receive comprehensive training on child protection principles, recognizing signs of abuse, reporting procedures, and their responsibilities in safeguarding children.
  3. Code of Conduct: We maintain a clear code of conduct that outlines appropriate behavior and interactions with children, emphasizing the importance of maintaining professional boundaries.
  4. Identification and Reporting of Concerns: Any child protection concern must be reported immediately to the designated child protection focal point within the organization. This focal point will be responsible for ensuring appropriate actions are taken promptly.
  5. Support and Referral: In cases of child protection concerns, appropriate support will be provided to the child involved, and referral to specialized services will be made when necessary.
  6. Complaints Mechanism: New Light Nepal will establish a mechanism for children and their caregivers to raise complaints and concerns related to child protection, ensuring their voices are heard and addressed.
  7. Monitoring and Evaluation: Our organization will regularly monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of child protection measures and make improvements as needed to strengthen our commitment to child safeguarding.

Conclusion: At New Light Nepal, we are dedicated to promoting the safety and well-being of children in Nepal while respecting the values and cultural context of the community. Through this child protection policy, we aim to create a secure and nurturing environment where children can thrive and reach their full potential, knowing that their rights are protected and their voices are heard.