The protection of the children we serve in the Badjao community is mandatory. Badjao Outreach, Inc. has a zero tolerance policy regarding the abuse or mistreatment of children. The following list outlines Badjao Outreach, Inc.’s Child Protection Policy components that apply to all volunteers and visitors.
Always treat children equally.
Never discriminate against, show differential treatment or favor particular children to the exclusion of others.
Never give gifts to just one or two of the children. If you want to give gifts, ask the Badjao Outreach, Inc. staff to help you plan the best way to do so.
Children generally love having their picture taken, but please always ask their permission before taking a picture.
Never post pictures with names and private information of the children on social media.
Do not take or share photos of children in an undignified state under any circumstances.
Never act in ways intended to shame, humiliate, belittle, or degrade children, or otherwise perpetrate any form of emotional abuse.
Never take a child or children into a private place out of view of other adults.
Never develop relationships with children that could in any way be deemed, inappropriate, exploitive, or abusive.
Always maintain appropriate boundaries with the children. Always refrain from any behavior that might be confusing to the child (such as dancing in a suggestive manner).
You are always considered to be responsible for maintaining an appropriate relationship, even if a child behaves inappropriately.
You should not place yourself in compromising or vulnerable position. (Be aware of the children who, because of circumstances and abuses they may have experienced, may use a relationship to obtain “special attention.”)
Never hit, physically assault, verbally assault, verbally abuse, or physically abuse children
Never condone or participate in behavior of children that is illegal, unsafe or abusive.
Inappropriate behavior towards children is grounds for immediate dismissal from our programs.
If you witness or are concerned about abuse or any inappropriate conduct, immediately report this to Badjao Outreach, Inc..