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071105 Guidelines on Child Protection CBM International


071105 Guidelines on Child Protection CBM International

The figures are alarming – according to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide 10% of all boys and 20% of girls are the victims of sexual abuse. Children with disabilities are particularly at risk and are twice as frequently affected as children without disability, with children living in institutions being especially
vulnerable. Therefore protecting children against abuse is a major challenge for organisations which provide services for children.

It therefore follows that children and adults1 with disabilities whom CBM aim to assist are some of the most vulnerable people in the world. CBM has always been committed to the safety and well being of all children and adults with disability and with this in mind a clear strategy to protect children from abuse has become
essential. CBM has therefore significantly expanded its activities to protect children and vulnerable adults, and to set an example of good practice.

These Guidelines include an overview of child abuse issues and good practice procedures and recommendations. They explain that child protection is both a corporate and individual responsibility. Readers receive an in-depth explanation of child abuse and information on the practical steps to develop child protecting procedures and practices. Furthermore, these Guidelines give guidance on what to do in the event of a suspected case of abuse.