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1 AIDS Turning the Tide Together Child Safeguarding and HIV Corinne Davey, Keeping Children Safe UK Marcy Levy, John Snow, Inc. (JSI)/AIDSTAR-One Maury Mendenhall, USAID INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2012

2 Opening Session Introductions and Agenda Opening session Risk assessment Review of current organizational practice Development and strengthening of organizational safeguarding measures Next steps

3 Opening Session What is violence against children? Child abuse Deliberate act of ill treatment that can harm a child’s safety, well-being, dignity, and development; includes all forms of physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional ill treatment Child exploitation Use of children for someone else’s economic or sexual advantage, gratification, or profit, often resulting in unjust, cruel, and harmful treatment of the child

4 Opening Session What is violence against children? Child neglect Deliberate or careless failure to provide for or ensure a child’s physical safety and development Gender-based violence Violence that is directed at an individual based on his or her biological sex, gender identity, or his or her perceived adherence to socially defined norms of masculinity and femininity

5 Opening Session What is the relationship to HIV? Violence against children, especially sexual abuse, violent or forced sex, increases the risk of exposure to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections HIV status can increase the likelihood of violence

6 Opening Session Why support child safeguarding? Child safeguarding risks: Abuse by staff, contractors, grantees, and volunteers Poorly designed and implemented projects Persons with a tendency to abuse children will often seek: Positions of power to gain access to vulnerable individuals Employment within countries with weak social welfare, protection, and judicial systems

7 Opening Session Why support child safeguarding? Lack of child safeguarding measures represents a huge reputational risk and legal liability for PEPFAR and its partners Safeguards can reduce the risk of child abuse

8 Opening Session What are safeguarding measures? All activities to ensure risks of harm to children's welfare are minimized and concerns are addressed appropriately They are distinct from child protection programming, which is intended to build child protection systems

9 Opening Session How is PEPFAR supporting safeguarding? PEPFAR contracted AIDSTAR-One and Keeping Children Safe (KCS) to provide training to partners in five countries in 2011, and another five in 2012 Several USAID RFAs and RFPs have requested applicants to describe policies and included policies as evaluation criteria

10 Risk Assessments Risk-assessment programs, activities, and operations ensure safeguards Assessments consider: – Risks and vulnerabilities (as well as strengths and capacities) for children affected by HIV – Implications of working with children affected by HIV and keeping them safe

11 Review of Current Practice What is your organization already doing to safeguard children? Where are the gaps? Self-audit tool–six standards – What’s in place, what’s partially done, what’s not in place? What are the implications of your audit?

12 Safeguarding Standards Abridged KCS standards Creating a child-safe culture Developing policies and procedures that keep children safe Organizational operations and practices preventing harm to children Staff and representatives implement child safeguarding measures and receive appropriate training Communicating on keeping children safe Accountability for safeguarding children

13 Next Steps Action planning What can your organization do to implement the standards fully? What support and resources do you need? What issues or challenges remain?


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