Children’s Safeguarding Policy for EDIKTUM Alapítvány a Magyarországon élő külföldiek beilleszkedéséért
EDIKTUM Alapítvány a Magyarországon élő külföldiek beilleszkedéért abides by the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and is committed to safeguarding practice that reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice requirements.
- We recognise the welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take
- All children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation has an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
- Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
- Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
EDIKTUM Alapítvány will:
- Protect children and young people who receive [name of group/organisation]’s services
- from harm. This includes the children of adults who use our services
- Provide staff and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of EDIKTUM Alapítvány, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students. Failure to comply with the policy and related procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
The Children Act 1989 definition of a child is: anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday, even if they are living independently, are a member of the armed forces or is in hospital.
Adult at Risk:
- An adult who has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs),
- is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and
- as a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.
Child and Adult Abuse: Children and adults may be vulnerable to neglect and abuse or exploitation from within their family and from individuals they come across in their daily lives. There are 4 main categories of abuse, which are: sexual, physical, emotional abuse, and neglect. It is important to be aware of more specific types of abuse that fall within these categories, they are:
- Bullying and cyberbullying
- Child sexual exploitation
- Child Criminal exploitation
- Child trafficking
- Domestic abuse
- Female genital mutilation
- Historical abuse
- Online abuse
Safeguarding children: Safeguarding children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment.
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development.
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in Hungary. A summary of the key legislation is available from
A magyar gyermekvédelem rendszere
https://budapest.hu › gyermekvedelem_rendszere
Ediktum Alapítvány should have in place arrangements that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people as well as vulnerable adults.
The Prevent duty
According to the Hungarian Child Protection Act https://njt.hu/jogszabaly/1997-31-00-00 some organisations, institutions in Hungary have a duty, as a specified authority to promote the upbringing of the child in the family, to prevent and eliminate the child’s vulnerability. To use an alert in the event of the child’s vulnerability with the child welfare service provider; to initiate official proceedings in cases of child abuse or gross neglect or other serious threat, as well as in the case of self-inflicted serious harm.
This is known as the Prevent duty. These organisations include:
- Health Care Providers, in Particular Nurses Responsible for General Care, General Practitioners, Pediatricians
- Personal Care Providers
- Public Educational Institutions and Vocational Training Institutions
- The Police
- The Prosecutor’s Office
- The Court
- The Probation Service
- Victim Support and Compensation organizations
- A Reception Center for Refugees, Temporary Accommodation for Refugees
- Associations, foundations and ecclesiastical legal persons
- The Employment Supervision Authority
- The Repair Institution
- The Representative of the Rights of the Child
- The Capital city and county Government Office Acting in the Field of Child Protection and Guardianship
- The State Maintainer by the Government
- The Notary of the Local Government
- The Penitentiary Institution
- The Probation Officers
- Other organisations may also have Prevent duties if they perform delegated local authority functions.
Children can be exposed to different views and receive information from various sources. Some of these views may be considered radical or extreme.
Radicalisation is the process through which a person comes to support or be involved in extremist ideologies. It can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism and is in itself a form of harm.
Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental European values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Training and Awareness:
Ediktum Alapítvány will ensure an appropriate level of safeguarding training is available to its Trustees, Employees, Volunteers and any relevant persons linked to the organisation who requires it (e.g. contractors).
For all employees who are working or volunteering with children, this requires them as a minimum to have awareness training that enables them to:
- Understand what safeguarding is and their role in safeguarding children.
- Recognise an child potentially in need of safeguarding and take action.
- Understand how to report a safeguarding Alert.
- Understand dignity and respect when working with children.
- Have knowledge of the Safeguarding Children Policy.
Ediktum Alapítvány provides free in-house and personalized, safeguarding training for educational partners too.
Similarly, employees and volunteers may encounter concerns about the safety and wellbeing of an adult at risk of abuse. For more information about adults safeguarding, refer to Ediktum Alapítvány Adults Safeguarding Policy.
Confidentiality and Information Sharing:
Ediktum Alapítvány expects all employees, volunteers and trustees to maintain confidentiality. Information will only be shared in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection.
However, information should be shared with the Local Authority if a child is deemed to be at risk of harm or contact the police if they are in immediate danger, or a crime has been committed. For further guidance on information sharing and safeguarding see at Az információs önrendelkezési jogról és az információs szabadságról szóló 2011. évi CXII. törvény https://njt.hu/jogszabaly/2011-112-00-00.
Recording and Record Keeping:
A written record must be kept about any concern regarding an adult with safeguarding needs. This must include details of the person involved, the nature of the concern and the actions taken, decision made and why they were made.
All records must be signed and dated. All records must be securely and confidentially stored in line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Az információs önrendelkezési jogról és az információs szabadságról szóló 2011. évi CXII. törvény https://njt.hu/jogszabaly/2011-112-00-00.
Safe Recruitment & Selection:
Ediktum Alapítvány is committed to safe employment and safe recruitment practices, that reduce the risk of harm to children from people unsuitable to work with them or have contact with them.
Ediktum Alapítvány has policies and procedures that that cover the recruitment of all Trustees, employees and volunteers. Ediktum Alapítvány Működési és Etikai Kódexe.
All employees and volunteers should be aware of Ediktum Alapítvány social media policy and procedures and the code of conduct for behaviour towards the children we support.
Use of Mobile Phones and other Digital Technology:
All employees, trustees and volunteers should be aware of Ediktum Alapítvány policy and procedures regarding the use of mobile phones and any digital technology and understand that it is unlawful to photograph children and young people without the explicit consent of the person with parental responsibilities. All of our projects, in addition to our central GDPR policy, have their own GDPR policy in this regard.
It is important that people within Ediktum Alapítvány have the confidence to come forward to speak or act if they are unhappy with anything. Whistle blowing occurs when a person raises a concern about dangerous or illegal activity, or any wrong- doing within their organisation. This includes concerns about another employee or volunteer. There is also a requirement by Ediktum Alapítvány to protect whistleblowers. The Constituional Court – Decree No. 20./1990.Continuing its previous practice under Decision B – a interprets the right to the protection of personal data as a non- traditional right of protection, but also takes into account its active side as a right to information self-determination. Although it is the constitution does not explicitly include the right to anonymity, but the right to information the right to self-determination. Our organization regulates this is in the GDPR as well.
Further information can be found on Ediktum Alapítvény website:
Senior Lead for Safeguarding
Name: Kocsis Anett
Email address: email@example.com
Telephone number: +36 30 2646 722
Deputy Senior Lead for Safeguarding
Name: Vidák Viktória
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone number: +36309706901
Trustee for Safeguarding
Police – 107
Emergency – 112
Child Protection Number : 06 80 21 20 21