Policies that encourage child protection
Policies that encourage child protection :
- Children should always be supervised whilst on the Temple premises.
- All persons that are in contact with children need to go through the Temple’s screening process.
- Those that have associate with children need to have undergone Child Protection training and are aware of ISKCON policies.
- Regular awareness campaigns to educate children and adults on prevention of child abuse.
What to do if someone tells you that they have been abused?
- Do not panic. Show them that you believe them. They would have never disclosed this if they did not trust you – show the same inclination.
- Provide reassurance, the proper help will be sought.
- Offer assurance that it is not their fault but rather the fault of the person who committed the abuse.
- Be positive! Do not make everything seem impossible, dark and gloomy.
- Make sure the child is out of danger.
- It is your legal obligation to report any child abuse to the legal authority of the country.
Increase Child Protection in your Community
- Ensure that there are proper child safety policies
- Make sure there are comprehensive screening-process that are in place for anyone who is working with childen
- Point victims to the proper help, have a data-base of professionals at hand
- Educational and awareness campaigns are essential
- Never underestimate the role of the local Child Protection Team
- Never leave a child without a responsible adult supervision.