Child Protection Policy of Antenna Trust

Introduction

    We, at Antenna Trust, believe in Child Rights. To achieve this, we do have a comprehensive child protection policy, specifically designed to give children their rights, their childhood and their dreams.

Statement

    This policy statement is Antenna Trust’s commitment for safeguarding children from abuse, exploitation, violence etc. It makes clear to all in Antenna Trust and who come into contact with Antenna what is required for the protection of children. Child abuse in any form is unacceptable to Antenna Trust.


DEFINITIONS UNDER THE CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

I. Child
  • A person below the age of 18, unless the laws of the country set the legal age for adulthood otherwise.
II. Child Abuse
  • All forms of physical abuse, emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse and exploitation, neglect or negligent treatment, commercial or other exploitation of a child Including any action that results in actual or potential harm to a child are defined as Child abuse.. Child abuse may be a deliberate act or it may be failing to act to prevent harm.
  • Child abuse consists of anything which individuals, institutions or processes do or fail to do, intentionally or unintentionally, which harms a child or damages its prospect of safe and healthy development into adulthood.
III. Child Protection
  • Child Protection, within the scope of this policy, is defined as responsibilities, measures and activities that plan to undertake to safeguard children from both intentional and unintentional harm.
IV. Child Development
  • Child development refers to the process through which human beings typically grow and mature from infancy through adulthood. The different aspects of growth and development that are measured include physical growth, cognitive growth, and social growth. Child development focuses on the changes that take place in humans as they mature from birth to about age 17.

SCOPE OF THE CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

    The Child Protection Policy applies to everyone working for or in partnership with Antenna Trust. It encompasses the whole of Antenna Trust and includes – staff , partners, visitors and benefiting SHGs without limitation.

Responsibilities under the Child Protection Policy

Antenna Trust staff, partners and Visitors must:

  • Never abuse and / or exploit a child or act/behave in any way that places a child at risk of harm.
  • Report any child abuse and protection concerns they have in accordance with applicable local office procedures. That is a mandatory requirement for staff. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
  • Respond in accordance with applicable procedures to a child who may have been abused or exploited.

PERSONAL CONDUCT OUTSIDE WORK

    Unlawful conduct of Antenna Staff which jeopardizes the reputation Antenna whether during or after office hours will not be permitted. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to : any unlawful activities related to sexual abuse; sexual harassment; physically / verbally abusive behavior and public disorderly conduct.

Committee for ensuring Child Protection

  • There will be a child protection ‘lead person’. Usually the lead person would be a woman. At present, a Teacher, Ms. Kalaivani, well known to all the children in the tuition centers, is the lead person..
  • There will be a child protection committee to address issues that come up. Women should form the majority of the Committee. This would be an ad hoc committee convened whenever there is an issue. The regular child protection committee will be formed with representation from parents, tuition centre teachers, child line organization, and related consultants.
  • All the children are conversant with the child line 1098 number. They will be encouraged to use it when they come across violence against children. Even sexual violence, marriage under 18, and child labour can be reported using this facility.