Pledge to Restore is committed to promoting children welfare and protecting children from harm. This is everyone’s responsibility and everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
We believes that child protection is both a corporate and an individual responsibility. Every person who shares in the work of Pledge to Restore, including Executive board members, staff, volunteers, contractors, ambassadors, volunteers and supporters also share in the responsibility of taking every precaution to protect the children and families we serve. How we care for the most vulnerable among us is an outward expression and evidence of our love for God and all of His creation.
The purpose of child protection policy is to protect children from sexual exploitation and sexual, physical and emotional abuse, all of which are unacceptable to Pledge to Restore. The objective of this policy is to create and maintain protective environments for children in the delivery of all of Pledge to Restore charity activities, including community education, children sports, events and overseas aid programmes. Our board members, partners, sponsors, members and volunteers to actively participate in building and maintaining a child safe environment.
Every individual or organisation that works with children under a Pledge to Restore funded activity has an obligation to protect children from exploitation and abuse. All partners implementing Pledge to Restore funded activities must have, maintain, and monitor the implementation of a Child Protection Policy that is compliant with our policy.
We will work with children, parents and the community to ensure we support children’s rights and create and maintain the safest possible environment for children. We do this by:
There are laws in most countries to protect children as well as bring child abusers to justice. The aim of this policy is to prevent the abuse of children associated with Pledge to Restore’s programs and prevent any perpetrators from access to children associated with our programs. We upholds the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), in particular Article 19 which states, ‘State Parties shall protect the child  from all forms of physical and mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse’. In accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a child is defined for the purposes of this policy as a human being below the age of 18 years (unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier).
We promotes appropriate policies and procedures to promote the safety and well-being of all children accessing or associated with our services and programmes. Pledge to Restore adheres to all relevant laws and legislation in both Australia and foreign countries regarding child exploitation. This includes the Crimes (Child Sex Tourism) Amendment Act 1994 which makes it punishable in Australia for Australian citizens or residents to engage in, promote, or encourage sexual activity with children under 16 years whilst overseas.
Any form of abuse or neglect causes harm to the child’s physical and mental health, survival, development and dignity. Pledge to Restore affirms its commitment to oppose all forms of child abuse and to continuously strengthen our child protection processes to mitigate the risk of abuse within Pledge to Restore charity initiatives.