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Companions in Cooperation English
025-Concord Images and Messages-2016-03-19-SWAHILI.pdf
A number of our partner organisations work with children (either as patients or trainees in a health profession). We are committed to protecting children and young adults from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect. We therefore take protective measures to safeguard children and youth. Our work follows a rights-based, participatory approach. If we, or our partners, have to make decisions on behalf of minors, we do so with their best interests in mind.
However, safeguarding children is not only a health issue but also a governance challenge, requiring us to monitor organisational change on a regular base.
Our partners are obliged to have or to develop a child protection policy. Within the framework of this policy, suspected cases of maltreatment or abuse can be reported. However, if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or if you yourself are a child who is being maltreated, you might want to contact us confidentially, using the following form. Note that we regard this to be part of an escalating mechanism. We do not intend to bypass the catholic church principle of subsidiarity that is dear to us: Whereever possible, social and political issues should be dealt with at the most immediate levels.
However, and especially if people are in dire straits, an escalation mechanism ist needed in order to ensure that unresolved problems don't linger. Issues of maltreatment or abuse need to be promptly addressed.
As part of the Catholic Church, plan:g follows the procedures of the Apostolic Letter Vos Estis Lux Mundi, issued moto proprio – that is without a formal request from any other party – on May 7th, 2019 by Pope Francis.
Apostolic Letter Vos Estis Lux Mundi
Apostolisches Schreiben Vos Estis Lux Mundi
Lettre Apostolique Vos Estis Lux Mundi
As part of the Austrian Catholic Church, plan:g follows the regulations of our church on dealing with sexual violence (issued 2010).
The Catholic Church of Austria updated its “Measures, regulations and guidelines against abuse and violence” in 2021 (3rd revised edition). The same was adopted in the General Assembly of the Austrian Conference on May 10, 2021. The Austrian bishops approved the rules of procedure (Part C) of the said policy in accordance with can. 455 § 4 CIC 1983. The Holy See did not object the present revision that came into force on September 1, 2021.
Both our church’s commitment and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) constitute the framework of our child protection policy at plan:g. Please refer to our child protection policy as part of policies and values to share.
In July 2020, the Vatican published a Vademecum on the procedures regarding cases of sexual abuse of minorson the procedures regarding cases of sexual abuse of minors. The text does not introduce any new legislation. Rather, it sums up existing normative texts.
plan:g recommends the reading. However, plan:g stresses the fact that abuse of minors is not usually an issue of sexual longing, but of the misuse of power.
If you are about to report a case, trust matters. You can trust us whether you are a child, an employee of a partner organisation, or a concerned third party. We are not an organisation focussing on working with children, and nobody on our team has professional training in working with children as a doctor, social worker, or in other capacities. However, if need be, we facilitate links to professionals (lawyers, psychologists, etc.). Please be aware that we do not necessarily involve national courts/jurisdiction if we have any doubts about justice being served. This is line with the aformentioned documents.
Please note that both failure to report and obstructing reports of abuse may be deemed an offence under Austrian or applicable national laws. Therefore, please do not hesitate to report abuse – it is your obligation, and you might be able to help. If you are unsure whether to report a case, you might want to check online resources such as www.stopitnow.org for help. And if you are still unsure – please report it. Even if you only suspect abuse or neglect, you should report it to our partner organisation, or directly to us. You are not expected to investigate, but you should follow your instincts and report a case on the basis of your suspicions.
Your completed and submitted form will be sent to two different people within our organisation (four-eye principle), namely to Bernhard Emmerich (Programmes and Projects) and to Daniela Klocker (Director). We assure you that all information will be treated confidentially and given priority.
plan:g partners with MEDBOX – the Aid library www.medbox.org. MEDBOX is an innovative open source library for health-related work in development cooperation and humanitarian action. MEDBOX is hosted by the Medical Mission Institute Würzburg – Catholic Advisory Organisation for International Health.
MEDBOX collects relevant open source documents on one website, thereby increasing quality of health work worldwide. Unlike InfoNTD (also supported by plan:g) the MEDBOX does include little scientific research but only practical, relevant documents.
Ever since supporting MEDBOX, plan:g stopped listing training material on this site.
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