JCAM vision statement
The Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) promotes, within the communities, formation houses, ministries and governance of the Society, a consistent culture of protection and safety for 1minors and vulnerable2 persons; that is, a normal, habitual way of living, relating, working, in which those whom we serve, particularly children and vulnerable persons, always feel respected, safe, and loved. JCAM commits to creating a culturally sensitive and contextually relevant safeguarding environment to ensure a generation free from abuse.
This Child Protection Policy (CPP) applies to all staff, priests, brothers, the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM).
The purpose of this policy:
- to protect children and vulnerable persons who receive our services. This includes the children of adults who use our services.
- to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to protection of minors and vulnerable persons.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the child and vulnerable person is paramount
- all children and vulnerable person, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, caregivers, and other agencies are committed to promoting young people's welfare.
We will seek to keep children and vulnerable persons safe by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- adopting child and vulnerable persons protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, and training
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- sharing information about child and vulnerable persons protection and good practice with children, vulnerable persons, parents, staff, and volunteers
- sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents, children and vulnerable persons appropriately.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
1“Minor” means: any person under the age of eighteen, or who is considered by law to be the equivalent of a minor;
2 “vulnerable person” means: any person in a state of infirmity, physical or mental deficiency, or deprivation of personal liberty which, in fact, even occasionally, limits their ability to understand or to want or otherwise resist the offence.
3APOSTOLIC LETTER ISSUED MOTU PROPRIO BY THE SUPREME PONTIFF FRANCIS. “VOS ESTIS LUX MUNDI”. 7 May 2019. https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/motu_proprio/documents/papa-francesco-motu-proprio-20190507_vos-estis-lux-mundi.html