The PURPOSE OF THESE GUIDELINES IS….
The TFC Child Protection Policy applies to all adults working directly with children. This includes staff, volunteers, trainers and donors that have direct interaction with children
All Visitors must adhere to section 3.9 of the TFC Child Protection Policy, even if they are not working directly with children. This states: TFC must take extreme care when interacting physically with the Children. TFC staff must not fondle, hold, kiss, hug or touch minors in an inappropriate or culturally insensitive way. Under no circumstance should any physical contact be or have the appearance of being sexual in any way.
In particular, we ask that visitors understand that they are strangers to the children, unlike TFC staff who are familiar to the children and who have over time gradually gained the trust of the children. All TFC staff are undergoing training on child protection guidelines that are specific to the challenges faced when working with children in Cambodia . The TFC takes Child Abuse very seriously. Many of the Children have experienced abuse of some form in their home environment and TFC provides a safe and protected place for the children to call their own.
Visitors should also be aware that the children have a natural tendency to be too trusting of foreigners in particular. TFC staffs are being trained to teach the children to be aware of the danger from foreign and local pedophiles looking to exploit vulnerable children. It is important that all visitors acknowledge that they too have a role to play in this education process and that they do not inadvertently undo the work of our dedicated staff and child protection workers by being overly familiar with the children.
For example, visitors hugging, carrying and cuddling children can undermine the safety measures we promote to staff and children. It can also be confusing for children. Please understand that, as visitors, you probably have little or no understanding of the family background and issues that each individual child is dealing with.
This policy also adheres to Article 49 of the Law of Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation 2008, Ministry of Justice, Kingdom of Cambodia .
Newspapers and other mass media are prohibited from publishing or broadcasting any information which could lead to public knowledge of the identities of the victims of offences stipulated in this law.
I accept these terms and agree to abide by TFC Visitor and Media Guidelines at all times during my visit.
I accept these terms and agree to abide by the TFC Visitor Guidelines at all times during my visit.
Thank You for your understanding and cooperation.