Legal Basis for Child Protection Policy
Covered activity: Program or activity sponsored or approved by the University or any organization affiliated with the University, or activity conducted by a vendor, licensee or licensee for which a licence or permit has been approved to use university facilities that takes place on or off campus and for which custody responsibility is Supervision of children is the responsibility for children to the University, the University`s affiliated organization or the vendor, licensee or licensee so authorized. This policy does not apply to university daycares on campus. The purpose of this guidance document is to clarify certain areas of the Child Protection Directive (the “Directive”) and their applicability in different circumstances. The guidelines are constantly updated as new policy issues and their implementation emerge. Authorized adult supervision is required for all children involved in a covered activity where the custody, control and supervision of children is entrusted to the University or to a vendor, licensee or licensee. The University at Buffalo (UB, University) is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of children who are on campus and/or participate in university-related programs and activities, both on and off campus, including, but not limited to: University employees, students, volunteers and visitors must behave appropriately in the presence of children. Child abuse and inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to the following, is prohibited: Individuals should behave appropriately towards children participating in university-related programs and report cases or suspicions of physical or sexual abuse of children. Acts or omissions that do not meet the level of child maltreatment, but are otherwise prohibited under this policy (see Code of Conduct requirements). Physical abuse: Physical contact with a child by a covered person who is intentional or causes physical pain or injury, including hitting, hitting, shaking, throwing, kicking, biting and burning, or directing a child outside the supervised activity norm to perform physical activities intended to cause physical injury.
Compliance with this directive establishes a framework of appropriate precautions to protect the safety and well-being of children and reporting obligations in the event of an incident. Each field office must have its own child protection protocols based on CI`s general child protection guidelines and guidelines. These protocols include local child abuse laws, procedures required by local legislation, a list of local authorities to which cases of child abuse are reported, and a list of partner organizations that you can contact and that can provide appropriate support services to victims. When a referral is received, social services staff receive facts from the person making the referral to determine whether the referral alleges abuse, neglect or exploitation. Emergency personnel determine if personal intervention is warranted. Whenever a report indicates the need for protection, CWS: Full Review. Update the policy to include requirements for: • Conduct searches in New York State and the National Sex Offender Registry for persons responsible for children • Issuance of a permit or revocable agreement to use facilities to visitors using UB facilities for children`s events and programs • Comply with the State University of New York`s Child Protection Policy Person covered : A person responsible for the custody, control or supervision of children participating in the covered activity and who: Child: A person under seventeen years of age participating in a covered activity. The term “child” does not include a student enrolled in university or a person admitted to enrolment. For the purposes of this policy, “registration” means that the University is accepted as a student in a college course listed in the college catalogue. All children, girls and boys, regardless of their abilities and backgrounds, have the same right to safety in all environments and places.
The Massachusetts YSOs guidelines should clearly identify the duties and responsibilities of all employees, reflect federal and Massachusetts laws on abuse reporting, provide instructions to employees, employees, and volunteers who wish to report, and define internal mechanisms to follow if child abuse or neglect is suspected and/or reported. When a crisis occurs, a set of clearly defined and recognized policies and procedures will facilitate the reporting process, reduce employee anxiety and reluctance, and more effectively protect children and youth. The following Figure 1 illustrates the values that should guide the creation of a child protection policy.