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Protection policies

Protection of children
Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse

DanChurchAid (DCA) is focused on and committed to child safeguarding and preventing sexual exploitation and abuse.

DCA endeavours to ensure that children involved in DCA’s activities are respected and that they are not exploited.

Therefore, DCA has developed the Child Safeguarding Policy, which aims to prevent and minimise risks related to physical or emotional violence, harm or abuse, as well as  exploitation, including the sexual abuse of children. Sexual assault can be anything from verbal harassment through digital sex offences to physical sexual assault.

DCA works based on the perspective of access to human rights and equal opportunity. DCA strives to create an environment of respect for the human rights of the stakeholders, partners and employees of the organisation. DCA has developed the Prevent and Respond to Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Policy.

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The organisation’s guidelines and policies

It is essential for DCA that all employees be familiar with the organisation’s guidelines and policies and be aware of how employees are expected to behave and contribute to an open, respectful and transparent working environment, free from abuse. Therefore, it is mandatory that within the first three months of their employment, employees undergo a number of online training courses related to DCA’s protection policies. The courses end with a final exam and a certificate that is shared with the direct manager.

In addition, DCA considers it a priority for management to have insight into and responsibility for monitoring the workplace and ensuring there are resources to help maintain a high standard. One of the means to ensure this is that DCA’s International Director is a member of the DCA Complaints Committee, which assists in the development of policies, procedures and decisions in this area.

At all DCA country offices, one employee is appointed to be responsible for implementing DCA protection policies in the country office and at their partners.   

The person responsible for this receives regular professional support from the complaints manager at the head office.

DCA has a well-established complaint system and encourages everyone to report complaints regarding sexual harassment and other violations of the organisation’s protection policies. Furthermore, all DCA employees are obliged to report suspected violations of DCA’s protection policies and code of conduct.

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Code of Conduct

 – Code of Conduct 2020

Contact


Accountability and Complaints Advisor
Isabella Hjorth-Falsted
Tel. +45 5060 4013
ihfa@dca.dk

Student Assistant
Alberte Sofia Howitz
Senior Advisor – South Sudan and Cambodia
Aleksandra Mleczek
Student Assistent
Alexandre Marie Hjorth Gernigon
Senior Advisor, Resilience and Climate
Alma García

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