One Horizon Child Protection Policy
One Horizon recognises that the nature of our work puts us at risk of being targeted by those wanting to exploit or harm children. We are also aware that the effects of abuse on children are both devastating and long term. Therefore, we take all necessary steps to prevent this from happening.
- All One Horizon centres, including the centres that we partner with are in secure grounds that are patrolled.
- One Horizon does not conduct impromptu visits by members of the public and all visits are conducted as organised tours under the supervision of the local authorities and One Horizon staff.
- All One Horizon activities at our children’s centres are conducted in an outdoors group environment. Our operational and humanitarian staff members are always present and our visitors are never alone with children.
- One Horizon does not identify the exact location of centres as a protective measure.
- One Horizon is aware of – and alerted to – potential problems through both our local and global networks.
- One Horizon is against any form of exploitation of children. We request all to adhere to the Children’s act. According to the Kenyan Constitution especially the child’s protection phrase “A child shall be protected from sexual exploitation and use in prostitution, inducement or coercion to engage in any sexual activity, and exposure to obscene materials.”
- Should, in any circumstance and allegation of child abuse made against a person participating in a One Horizon program, we will invoke local country policing procedures to manage the process.
VISITS TO ORPHANAGES
The focus of all One Horizon sustainable initiatives is to keep families together, but sadly this is not an option for many young people in Kenya – the unfortunate reality is that 2.4 million Kenyan children are orphans.
We receive many requests from travelers who want to visit orphanages because they want to help disadvantaged children. Their intent is genuine but we believe that a person has other options that they may wish to explore that would be more beneficial. But you need to do your research. Our work with the Kenyan authorities means that we support only genuine and well run centres within Nairobi. But we do not take visitors there as the focus for staff and children is on their rehabilitation from what has been often a traumatic beginning to their life. If you wanted to still pursue this endeavor we would ask you to contact the Nairobi County Government and discuss this with them directly. One Horizon is not and will not be an intermediary in this.