This document is to provide a framework for ensuring that children (defined as any human being under the age of 18 years) are protected from all forms of abuse and exploitation in all IFRC operations, activities and programs.


The IFRC recognises that children are one of the most vulnerable groups in society and that all
children have the right to be safe and protected. The IFRC acknowledges that preventing violence
against, and abuse and exploitation of, children is a shared responsibility, and that prevention is
paramount to child protection. This Policy is to be known and understood by all personnel and implemented at all levels.

This document details the following aspects of the Policy:
# Background;
# Key principles of child protection;
# Prevention of child exploitation and abuse;
# Mechanisms of review of allegations;
# Standards for acceptable/unacceptable behaviour in relation to children;
# Standards expected from contractors, suppliers and partners; and
# Responsibilities.


This Policy is to be communicated to all relevant stakeholders. It is included as an annex to the global Staff Regulations and the Code of Conduct and its relevant provisions are binding for all personnel required to sign the Code of Conduct.


This Policy applies to all personnel that are engaged by the IFRC, including its staff, consultants and volunteers, IFRC partners, suppliers and contractors with regard to child protection.

Document Data

Author: IFRC
Publication date: December 17, 2013
Status: Final Type: PDF Size (MB): Size: 0.86
Country: Global
Tagged in: child protection
Resource type: Guidelines, Policy

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