We believe that every child has at all times

and in all situations a right

to feel safe and protected from anything

that results in that child

being physically or psychologically damaged.

‘Children of Fiji’ endorses the rights of children* as outlined in the United Nations ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’, Articles 1 to 40. In particular it accepts and promotes that


i)                  all children have the right to live in a safe environment, protected from violence, abuse, exploitation, injustice or conflict.

ii)               that all children have an equal right to love, healthcare and education. 

         These rights are not dependent on ethnic origin, language, cultural background, gender, ability, religious belief (or non belief) or financial status


Implementation of the policy  


The responsibility of ‘Children of Fiji’ in implementing the Child Protection Policy is two-fold. Firstly, there is the responsibility of the trustees and all volunteers who, through the work of the charity, have direct contact with children in Fiji and must therefore adhere to the policy. Secondly there is the responsibility of the trustees and volunteers to be aware of the indicators of any violation in child protection and take the appropriate action when suspicion is aroused.



All trustees will be required to obtain clearance from the disclosure service of the Criminal Records Bureau to ensure their suitability to hold this position in a charity concerned with children.


In addition, all trustees and volunteers who, through the work of the charity, could come into contact with children shall


i)                  be made aware of and understand the content of the Child Protection Policy


ii)               sign a declaration to say that they understand and are in agreement with the Child Protection Policy


iii)            have a face to face interview with at least two trustees


iv)             provide the names of two independent referees who can vouch for the person’s suitability to work with children


v)                declare any criminal convictions that they have involving the abuse of children, however old these convictions may be. Children of Fiji reserves the right to request clearance through the disclosure service of the Criminal Records Bureau (please note that this includes exemption from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act [1974] )


vi)             declare any pending convictions or proceedings relating to child abuse.



Whilst respecting the law and customs of Fiji, it should be noted that to ignore the violation of children’s rights by others and not take action is tantamount to condoning the violation. It is therefore the responsibility of all trustees and other volunteers to:


i)                  ensure that, where a child is in direct danger,  arrangements be made to move the child to safety immediately.


ii)               offer advice and explanation, where appropriate, as to how and why a certain action is in conflict with the Child Protection Policy


iii)            inform the designated Child Protection Officer of the institution concerned. If there is no designated Child Protection Officer, the matter should be reported to the person in charge of the institution.


iv)             make a written report of the incident, keeping one copy with the trustees of the charity and forwarding another copy  to the person in charge of the institution involved.

If the matter is not resolved by the above procedure, a written report and other supporting evidence should be passed on to the Social Services Department of the Fiji Government.



* The charity ‘Children of Fiji’ defines children of Fiji as persons aged 18 years or under and residing in the Fiji Islands

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