What is a Child Protection Policy?

February 13, 2020

A child protection policy is a blueprint for schools, state, and federal agencies, and other organizations to keep children safe. It includes detailed policies and practices staff should follow to create a safe environment for children to thrive free from emotional or physical abuse. An effective child protection policy addresses the following:

Guidelines for Appropriate Behavior

These are specific instructions for how employees are to socially and physically interact with minors, according to state and federal laws and procedures. This is the primary guide for how to consistently work with children in a safe manner. These clear standards minimize the potential for harm and abuse and prevent any misinterpretation about the behavior expected of every employee.

Employee Recruitment and Training

These guidelines ensure every employee is qualified and has passed any background checks or other clearances to work with children. Existing employees should receive initial and ongoing training on how to appropriately interact with minors and encourage their mental and physical well-being in every type of setting.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse

Adults are in a power of trust, and with that comes great responsibility. Workers should become knowledgeable about what to look for when abuse is suspected and how to report it. When abuse is suspected, it should be reported to the proper channels according to the organization’s guidelines. These matters should always be handled with confidentiality to protect the children’s privacy and welfare.

Empowering Children

Adults can teach children how to protect their rights and be their own advocates. That means giving them the tools to advocate for themselves and feel safe reporting behavior that makes them uncomfortable. At the heart of every solid child protection policy is the goal to protect the rights and best interests of children through a no-tolerance policy on child abuse. If you have questions about your child protection policy or have concerns about the welfare of a child in your own life, contact an experienced New Jersey DCPP lawyer as soon as possible.

The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is tasked with investigating allegations of child neglect and abuse throughout the state and providing services for families when abuse is suspected. Protecting children is and should always be their top priority. Yet, sometimes it does happen that parents find themselves facing false allegations that have the potential to rip their family apart. A knowledgeable DCPP lawyer can help you navigate the courts and address any concerns you may have.

New Jersey DCPP Lawyers at the Law Offices of Theodore J. Baker Advocate for the Rights of Children

At the Law Offices of Theodore J. Baker, our New Jersey DCPP lawyers help parents understand and protect their rights when dealing with a DCPP investigation. Our goal is always to put your children’s interests first and work toward the ideal outcome for all involved. We know any interaction with the DCPP can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. Call 856-795-9400 or use the online form to schedule an initial consultation. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout South Jersey, including Haddonfield, Marlton, Medford, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, and Voorhees.

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