6 principles / PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE Programme
Understanding the principle
It is believed that every project and programme with its actions will lead to greater protection for children. It could be difficult in some cases to acknowledge if the desired outcomes are being achieved. Any intervention can have different outcomes to those that were intended. Programmes need to be alert to that risk and take all possible action to anticipate and avoid it. There is a need to introduce measures to monitor the risks throughout the whole cycle of a programme, and adjust or adapt the work accordingly. The principle needs to be applied when deciding on the use of an intervention that carries an obvious risk of harm, but a less certain chance of benefit.
Why to emphasize ‘do not harm’
Promoting the rights and well being of children and their protection is of a basic importance in our work. But interventions or decisions made by donors, as well as policy makers and development agencies, about how they invest in programmes, can have unintended or negative consequences. Their actions can potentially serve to harm rather than enhance children’s situation. Acknowledging these risks we are alert to the importance of taking every possible measure to ‘do no harm’. In our work we are committed to transparency and integrity wishing to promote the maximum possible learning from the experience of programmes. Our aim is to design programmes on the basis of lessons learn and applied, also avoiding failures repeated.
Implications of ‘do no harm’
It is believed that every project or programme will lead to greater protection for children. But any intervention can have different outcomes to those that were intended. Programmes need to be alert to that risk and take all possible actions to anticipate and avoid it. They need to introduce measures to monitor that risk throughout the life cycle of a programme, and adjust or adapt the work accordingly.
Strategies to comply with the principle ‘Do no harm’
• Anticipate and prepare;
• Apply the principles of non-discrimination, participation, best interests and respect and build strengths;
• Monitor outcomes;
• Learn from mistakes and adapt accordingly.
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