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.
- Winrock will take all necessary steps to
ensure that all staff, consultants, volunteers and staff of project partners
understand that the welfare and overall development of all children is to be
- Winrock recognizes that all children, whatever
their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious
beliefs and/or sexual identity, have the right to protection from abuse as well
as other protections and rights afforded children under the U.N. and ILO
conventions on the rights of the child.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse
against children and young persons will be taken seriously and responded to
swiftly and appropriately.
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
Any suspicion that a child has been abused should be reported 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.
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.
- Always work in an open environment and avoid private or unobserved situations with children and young people.
- Treat all children and young people with respect and dignity.
- Always put the welfare of each child and young person first.
- Ensure that any activities in which children are engaged do not keep them out of school and in hazardous circumstances.
- Maintain a safe and appropriate distance with children and young people (e.g., it is not appropriate for staff, consultants or volunteers to have an intimate relationship with a child or to share a room with them).
- Ensure that if children and young persons are taken away for the day or night, they always are accompanied by a male and female member of staff.
- Requesting written parental or official consent if staff, consultant, volunteers and staff of project partners are required to transport children and young people.
- Ensure appropriate company with a child or young person while in a car or other vehicle.
- Follow proper international protocols when taking pictures of children.
The following practices are prohibited:
- Spending excessive amounts of time alone with
children away from others
- Employing children as domestic servants or for
any other work
- Taking or dropping off a child to an event
- Engaging in rough physical or sexually
provocative games with children, including horseplay
- Sharing a room with a child
- Allowing or engaging in any form of
inappropriate touching of children
- Making sexually suggestive comments to a
child, even in fun
- Reducing a child to tears as a form of control
- Allowing allegations made by a child to go
unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon
- Using sporting or extracurricular events as an
opportunity to take inappropriate photographs or film footage of children in
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or support needed when
planning field visits when persons under 18 will be interviewed or participate
in official activities.
- Comply with local traditions and any legal
restrictions for reproducing personal images or images of children.
- Obtain informed consent from the child’s
parent or legal guardian before photographing or filming a child. Winrock staff
or the photographer/videographer must explain how the photograph or film will
- Ensure children photographed or filmed are
adequately clothed and in poses that will not be viewed as sexually suggestive.
- Ensure images are an honest representation of
the context and facts.
- Take steps to remove anything that could
reveal identifying information about a child, including physical and digital
labels on photographs, films and files.
- Present children in a dignified manner and not
as being vulnerable and submissive.
- Review all photographs and footage prior to
disseminating images to ensure that guidelines have been followed.
Program Visits and Contact with Children
If a child is to
visit a program, site staff must obtain a release form from the
parent/caregiver and explain to participants of the upcoming site visit, 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, they 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.
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
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