Media

November 15th, 2011: “Brunelian in sponsored skydive” at Le Nurb, Brunel University’s Student Newspaper

October 25th, 2011: “Girl to take plunge in aid of African kids” at The Somerset County Gazette

October 18th, 2011: “Spare some change: Nkoaranga Tanzania” at Girls Gone Child

October 7th, 2011: “Nonprofit helps orphans in Tanzania” at The Record Journal

July 18th, 2011: “Real Girls Kick Ass For Kids” at Real Girls Kick Ass
April 16th, 2012: “Send your Pre-Loved Nappies to a Good Cause” at Baba + Boo

September 2012: “Claire’s African Adventure” at Newport Free Grammar School

December 2012: “Sixth Form Charities Week” at Newport Free Grammar School
January 2nd, 2013: “Beaconhurst Pupils Raise Funds for African Charity” at the Stirling Observer
We are always happy to get the word out about The Small Things and the Nkoaranga orphanage kids! Please direct general media inquiries to Dorothy Goldberg, or email the other board members directly for information on their experiences.

Child Protection Policy (soon to be available for download)


Child Protection
Policy
The Small Things realizes and takes seriously its
responsibility to protect the rights and welfare of the children it works
with.  We are aware that inappropriate
and damaging behaviour towards children can take many different forms.  Therefore, we are fully committed to
protecting the security, welfare and dignity of the children with whom we work.  Under this policy, a child is defined as any
person (including volunteers or visitors) under the age of eighteen.
Policy Statement
The Small Things is fully committed to ensuring
that child welfare is followed and promoted within its organization in order to
protect children from harm.  We firmly
believe that all children deserve and have an equal right to protection.
The Small Things recognizes its responsibility to
ensure that children’s rights to protection, our child protection policy and
safety procedures are fully understood by informing our staff and volunteers of
what constitutes good practice, the indicators that abuse may be taking place
and the steps to take if they are concerned about a child’s welfare.
The Small Things will actively work to ensure that
child abuse does not operate within our non-profit organization/charity and
will take serious action if a child protection issue arises.  This action will be immediate and will be
guided by the best interests of the child or children involved.
Aims
This policy aims to create a safe environment for
both children and those who work alongside them through providing clear guidelines
about what child protection is and how to behave in order to ensure its
promotion.  Specifically, it aims to
promote child protection through:
  • Providing children and
    young adults with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of
    The Small Things.
  • Allowing all
    staff/volunteers to make an informed and confident decision in response to
    any child protection issue.
  • Deterring people from
    working/volunteering with us who will not adhere to our child protection
    standards.
The Small Things adheres to this policy in all our
work and relationships. In doing so, we aim to create a safer environment for
those children in our care.
Who the policy applies to
The policy is focused towards The Small Things’
board; staff employed by The Small Things; people volunteering through The Small
Things and anyone else who represents The Small Things in any way.
Nkoaranga Orphanage is supported but not run or
owned by The Small Things; this is
not the policy of Nkoaranga Orphanage or its parent hospital.  However, The Small Things strives to
integrate this policy with all who work with or volunteer through us.
People specifically involved in supporting this policy
These roles mean that we have current and accurate
information and guidance about Child Protection issues from professionals and have
people devoted to ensuring that the policy is kept up to date and is available
to everyone.  They mean that we are aware
of the current situation of our volunteers and staff involved at the orphanage
and can communicate this to the rest of the board.
The Child Welfare Committee is committed to
reviewing and, where necessary, updating the policy at quarterly intervals, or
whenever the need arises (whichever is earlier).  If a major change is implemented, this will
be discussed at the monthly full-board meeting.
Good and poor practice
It is not the responsibility of staff or volunteers
to make judgements about whether or not abuse is taking place.  Many of the items listed below as poor
practice may have innocent explanations and The Small Things recognizes that
its staff and volunteers should have the children’s best interests at
heart.  Children may also be unhappy or
behave in an unusual manner for many reasons other than abuse; however, it is
important to be alert to the possibility. 
In line with this, volunteers and staff must take the responsibility for
identifying poor practice and potential abuse, and take appropriate action if
they have any concerns about the welfare of a child or children.  Please follow the ‘what to do if you have
a concern about a child’s welfare
’ guidelines below.
Abuse can include, but may not be limited to: physical,
emotional and sexual abuse.  These
guidelines are standard to child protection ‘promoting good practice’ and
should always be adhered to by everyone working with children:
Good practice
  • Always work in an open
    environment where possible and avoid being alone unnecessarily with a
    child.
  • Promote, support and
    model positive conflict resolution techniques helping children to be
    considerate and kind with one another.
  • Treat all children
    equally and with respect and dignity.
  • Where close physical
    contact (changing nappies, bathing, dressing, moisturising) is necessary it
    should be done openly and in full view of others and, where possible, with
    the consent of the child or children.
  • Guests and visitors
    should always be accompanied by a volunteer or staff member when with a
    child.
  • Be a positive role
    model.  This includes a zero
    tolerance to the use of tobacco, alcohol or any other drugs in the company
    of the children.
  • Ask permission from a
    Mama before administering any form of medicine to a child.
Poor practice
  • Allowing or engaging
    in inappropriate touching of any form.
  • Volunteers taking a
    child outside of the orphanage unaccompanied by a Mama or a member of the
    board.
  • Engaging in rough or
    sexually provocative games.
  • Allowing young people
    to use inappropriate language unchallenged.
  • Spending excessive
    amounts of time alone with a child away from others.
  • Making sexually
    suggestive comments to a child.
  • Allowing allegations
    made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon.
  • Taking or using
    inappropriate photos of the children (see guidelines).
  • Failing to prevent
    harm coming to a child if this is within your capability.
  • Sharing a child’s
    history or medical information with people outwith the organization
    without the organization’s express permission.
If, during your care, you accidentally hurt a child
or have any concerns about your actions, ensure you report this to the on-site
director (Bekka Ross Russell) and, where necessary, a note should be made in
the child’s file of the incident.
What to do if you have concerns about a child’s
welfare
It is the responsibility of all staff and
volunteers working with The Small Things to report inappropriate or suspicious
behaviour.  If you have a concern about a
child protection issue and are unsure about whether to mention it, our policy
is that you should always raise your concern as soon as possible, with either Bekka
Ross Russell
or by emailing our
child protection officer, Patty Harris
at [email protected].
They will be able to listen and
advise you on how to proceed.
If a child raises a concern or makes an allegation
to you, please follow the following steps:
  • Listen carefully to
    what the child has to say without interrupting them, noting additionally
    their appearance/demeanour
  • Let them know that you
    are taking what they are telling you seriously.
  • Do not attempt to question
    or interview them.
  • Let them know that you
    will need to tell someone else in order to help him or her. Do not promise that you will keep
    what they tell you a secret.
  • Make a written record
    of what they have told you.
  • Inform either Bekka
    Ross Russell
    or our child protection officer, Patty Harris as
    soon as possible.
  • Do not tell anyone else what the child has told you unless
    explicitly told to do so.
  • Unless explicitly told
    to do so, do not take further action.
Following this, the person who has been informed
should investigate the issue and, if necessary, inform the appropriate
authorities.  The accused person should
ideally be kept away from the child and any other children on the project
during this time as a precautionary measure.
Child protection in recruitment
These procedures are in place to minimize the risk of
recruiting a staff member or volunteer who does not have the correct
intentions:
  • All potential
    volunteers are asked to submit a CV and cover letter, which is assessed by
    the ‘volunteer committee’.
  • Applicants who are
    deemed suitable are then interviewed by a member of the ‘volunteer committee’
    in order for them to gain a better idea of what the person is like, and to
    ensure that they are clear on what is expected of them if accepted.
  • All successful
    applicants who are accepted by The Small Things’ as volunteers are
    expected to do a Disclose and Barring Service (DBS) check, Disclosure
    Scotland or the individual’s country’s equivalent to ensure that they have
    no past record which indicates that they may not be suitable for working
    with children.  This must be scanned
    and send as an email attachment to [email protected]
    before they are accepted as a volunteer.
  • A valid form of ID
    should be shown to Bekka Ross Russell on arrival.
  • All volunteers and
    staff are briefed on our child protection policy by Bekka Ross Russell or
    another board member before beginning their work and given the opportunity
    to ask questions.
  • Before beginning their
    work, all volunteers are additionally required to sign our ‘Volunteer
    Code of Conduct’
    .  Failure to sign
    this will result in the application process being discontinued.
  • The Volunteer Manual
    is provided to all new volunteers to supplement their induction and
    awareness of their job role and duties.
The taking and use of photos and videos
The Small Things realizes the danger of the taking
and use of inappropriate photographs of the children.  They are aware of the risks of these photos
being distributed or used online for inappropriate and damaging purposes.
Due to this, The Small Things has set up the following
guidelines for the taking and use of photographs and videos:
  • Children should always
    be appropriately clothed in photographs or videos.  Children who are naked or only dressed
    in a nappy should not be photographed or videoed.
  • Children should not be
    photographed when in compromising activities or positions.
  • No inappropriate (see
    above) photos should be used online for any reason by any person.
Where photographs or videos are distributed or used
online, we have set up the following four-tier approach:
[No photos distributed in any medium should be
accompanied by the child’s full name. 
First names alone may be used.]
1.            No photos/videos should be exploitative or potentially
exploitative. No nudity, no medical conditions, no ‘pity’ producers (excepting
medical conditions imaged for the express purpose of helping diagnose a
condition- e.g. skin rash, rickets).
2.            Personal photos shared with email/text or on a closed
network (e.g. Snapfish) should follow the same guidelines at the discretion of
the volunteer, and with a comment about no redistribution.
3.            Photos/video for distribution via social media that could
be seen by any outside viewer (Facebook etc.) should be cleared by a board
member.
4.            Photos/video used for any for profit or fundraising
efforts should have explicit written permission from the board and a proportion
of profits or funds raised should go to the benefit of the children of
Nkoaranga through The Small Things.
We would encourage all usage
of photos/video be accompanied by a link to the Small Things web site with a
message encouraging donations.
In addition, The Small Things is committed to
ensuring that the lives of the children, their families, members of their
community, the staff who work and the orphanage and any volunteers should be
portrayed truthfully and sensitively. 
Nobody we work with is someone to be looked down upon or pitied; rather,
everyone is held as equal partners in the aim to learn, develop and increase
welfare.  This should always be respected
in the use of photos and videos.
Example of inadvertent breach: posting ‘cute’ but
inappropriate pictures.
Information distribution
With regard to information distribution on social
media, newsletters and other forms of communication, The Small Things follows
the following guidelines:
  • No sensitive or
    medical information of a child should be shared online where it is
    available to the general public without the express permission of the
    Child Welfare Committee.  This will
    only be granted in exceptional circumstances and must be approved in
    written form, with the permission of the Mama who is head of the orphanage
    (Martha Ayo/Mama Pendo) and, therefore, acting as guardian to the
    child.  This should only be
    disclosed where appropriate and should never be damaging to the child.
  • The background
    information of the children is shared with volunteers due to the fact that
    it enables them to deal with each child with full knowledge of their
    background and issues which may be sensitive.
  • The medical
    information of a child may only be disclosed online or to the general
    public with the express permission of the Child Welfare Committee and the
    permission of the Mama who is head of the orphanage and therefore, acting
    as guardian to the child (Martha Ayo/Mama Pendo).  This should only be disclosed where
    appropriate and should never be damaging to the child.
Examples of inadvertent breach: talking about HIV
history if it is not relevant to care.
The Child Welfare Committee of The Small Things:
David Ross Russell
Anna Black
Deb Warren
Emily Butler
Emma Shaw
Kristina Alexander
Marie Korfits
Melissa Hale
Patty Harris