The Board

Monitor the implementation of Child, socially and economically marginalized women and young girls, youth and people with disabilities safeguarding guideline as part of the administrative Manual of HEfDA the safeguarding guidelines will be adapted to organizational chart and organizational systems of HEfDA to guide the board, management and staff of HEfDA

Executive Director

Create and support the safeguarding committee in HEfDA

Provide resources in the budget on an annual basis for the Child, socially and economically marginalized women and young girls, youth and people with disabilities safeguarding Team to ensure

Provide proactive leadership in connecting CSE with local child service agencies, with HEfDA and in establishing a multi-disciplinary team

Ensure external organizations, other service providers and other entities comply with the HEfDA’s Child, socially and economically marginalized women and young girls, youth and people with disabilities safeguarding guidelines

Project coordinators

Make sure that the safeguarding guidelines is mainstreamed in the projects plan and implementation and monitor the progress of implementation and report to the concerned authorities

Organizes Professional Development for employees closely working with the children and other vulnerable groups Record and report on the details of all those who may be at risk.

The Staff

Staff should be alert to signs of abuse and know to whom they should report any concerns or suspicions.

HEfDA will have procedures (of which all staff are aware) for handling suspected cases of abuse of children, including procedures to be followed if a child harms another child or a member of staff is accused of abuse, or suspected of abuse

The staff that work directly with vulnerable groups will be undergoes updated child protection training every year.

The staffs that are authorized by the organization to work with children on school premises will enter into a formal commitment to comply with the child safeguarding responsibilities.

Sexual exploitation and abuse by the staff constitute acts of gross misconduct and are therefore grounds for Termination of employment;

Sexual activity with children (persons under the age of 18), is prohibited

Exchange of money, employment, goods, or services for sex, including sexual favors or other forms of Humiliating, degrading or exploitative behavior is prohibited.

Sexual relationships between HEfDA staff and beneficiaries are strongly discouraged since they are based on inherently unequal power dynamics.

HEfDA staffs are responsible for having a thorough knowledge of the safeguarding guidelines; guideline and procedures as set out in this document, acting in accordance with this guideline and procedures and complying with the Staff Code of Conduct. Particular responsibilities as detailed in the following procedures include building child protection awareness, advocacy, rigorous recruitment and selection practices.

Complaint handling mechanism

All complaints should be submitted to local authorities and the court and HEfDA leadership team through email, to: or telephone: +251223370447/0260 or Mobile +2519228745

The complaint must include / cover:

Full name,

Contact details

The content of complaints explaining what, who, where, when the abuse or mishandling occurred

Evidence of complaints the support needed

Guidelines for Responding to complaints

Maintain trust – the complaints will be handled with maximum care and confidentiality

Try to find a neutral setting where you can have quiet and few interruptions.

Give adequate time and listen carefully – do not push hard to tell

Respond calmly – do not panic

Do not make judgmental or disparaging comments about the abuser - it is often someone the child loves or with whom he/she is close.

Do not confront the abuser.