Winrock is a global leader in addressing child labor prevention with an emphasis on social protection within our focus sectors of agriculture, economic development, and the environment. Our platform is development and rights-based, and applies child labor levels as an indicator of economic and social development. Our approach actively engages governments and communities to work toward integrated, sustainable solutions. Acceptable work for young people is defined and child labor addressed through policies, research, education alternatives, livelihoods, awareness, and monitoring.

Winrock is proud of its child-centered and rights-based approach in supporting children worldwide.

A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989). Every Winrock employee has a duty to safeguard all children from harm whether they are project beneficiaries or not.

Any individual who: 

A.  observes any suspicious or inappropriate behavior on the part of any other employee, volunteer, adult, or child, or
B.  receives a report from a child (or anyone) regarding possible inappropriate behavior by another under this policy, or 
C. suspects violations of this policy, or 
D. is concerned, or informed of concerns, about the safety of a child

shall immediately take action (interrupt the behavior) and report such concerns to the Chief of Party or Program Manager, or Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, who will take actions as considered necessary to ensure the safety of the child in question and any other child at risk. Supervisors should not commence their own investigation of a report, and after reporting the incident or concern should work in cooperation with Risk and Compliance.

Depending on the specifics of the incident, reporting to public authorities may be necessary. The Chief Risk and Compliance Officer will determine if this is the case.

Promote Good Practices

All members of the Winrock workforce are expected to demonstrate exemplary behavior when working with children to safeguard the child, themselves, and Winrock.

Prohibited Practices

The following practices are prohibited:  

If a situation arises where a one-on-one is unavoidable (e.g., the child sustains an injury and needs to go to the hospital, or a parent fails to arrive to pick a child up at the end of a class or session), it should be with the full knowledge/consent of someone in charge of the office or the child’s parents, as soon as possible given the emergency situation.

Images of Children

Winrock’s reporting and external communication activities often include photographs of children. Such photographs are often included in widely circulated reports, web-based stories and other documents. 

The following guidelines are intended for Winrock staff, partners, and vendors hired to take photographs/video for program activities. Consult with the designated Communications focal person for your office or project, or contact  with any questions or support needed when planning field visits when persons under 18 will be interviewed or participate in official activities.

Program Visits and Contact with Children

If a child is to participate in a Winrock-led activity, site staff must obtain a release form from the parent/caregiver and explain to participants the risks of the participation, including all caretakers, guardians, and parents of children at the site. If an adult or guardian/caretaker of a child has not signed the form prior to the visit, the child cannot be included in photographs, video, quotes or other materials intended for publication, marketing or other use that are gathered during the visit. Copies of the release forms should be filed in the project office.

Data collection from youth for projects must be preceded by signed consent forms from one parent and the recorded assent of the youth (for these purposes, age of consent is local law).

Children must never be left alone with visitor(s). Winrock employees must adhere to the two-adult rule:  Two or more adults are required to supervise all activities where children are involved and present.

If visitors join Winrock employees on a site visit or participate in activities with children under 18, they should also sign a child protection acknowledgement form.

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