ORDA adapted & endorsed ‘Child Safeguarding Policy’ in order to protect the rights of children against all forms of harm, abuse and neglect!

                    Child Safeguarding Policy

Training Offered on Child Safeguarding, Disability Inclusion and Inclusive WaSH Facility Designing

Training offered to ORDA employees on Child Safeguarding, Disability Inclusion and Inclusive WaSH Facility Design in Dangila town from 5- 7 March 2021. This training is given to make aware of CBM project staff and ORDA Head Quarter employees in order to better implement and succeed CBM projects in various intervention areas.

The training was fully funded by CBM International to serve people in relation to safeguarding and protecting children from harm, abuse and neglect.

Dr. Dereje Tesfahun WaSH and Irrigation Program Director of ORDA reminded trainees to be conscious enough and educate beneficiaries, visitors, and the community at large to hasten safe and effective parenting, raise children with care and support and implement proper WaSH facilities for persons with disabilities.

Experts from Zufil Research and Consultancy fruitfully delivered the training.


How do you really define a “Child” and “Child safeguarding”? Who do you say a child is?

A “child” is defined as a person under the age of 18 and safeguarding children is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means: protecting children from abuse and maltreatment. Preventing harm to children's health or development. Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.

According to the World Health Organization (1999), “Child abuse” or “maltreatment” constitutes ‘all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.

            Child Safeguarding Policy1

ORDA adapted & endorsed the Child Safeguarding Policy in order to protect the rights of children against all forms of abuse, described above as instances. This policy considers international, regional and national child rights instruments such us the UN Convention on Rights of the Child, African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms Child labor, the FDRE Constitution article 36 and other subsidiary laws and policies of the country.

The constitution of the FDRE (1995) with particular emphasis to Article 36 and other laws state:

1. Every child shall be entitled to:-

  (a) the right to life;

  (b) the right to a name and nationality;

  (c) the right to know and be cared for by its parents or other legal guardians;

  (d) the right to be protected against exploitative practices, and not to be permitted to engage in  any employment which would prejudice its health, education or well-being;

   (e) the right to be protected from cruel and inhuman punishment being inflicted upon him/her in schools or child welfare institutions.

2. In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.

3. Juvenile offenders, children in correction or rehabilitation institutions, youth, children under government encouragement, and children in public or private orphanages shall be kept separate from adults.

4. Children born out of wedlock shall have equal rights with those born in wedlock.

5. The State shall accord special protection to orphans and shall encourage the establishment of institutions which ensure and promote their adoption and advance their welfare, and education.