In the year 2014, Kizoka introduced the program “In Safe Hands” within all 6 camps.
In safe hands is a project of the Association NOV (Nederlandse Organisaties Vrijwilligerswerk) aimed at preventing (sexual) abuse of minors in associations and voluntary organisations. To this end, a step-by-step plan has been developed that starts with making the subject a subject for discussion among volunteers, members and parents, and ends with informing all those involved when there is a suspicion of transgressive (sexual) behaviour. The 14 steps help associations to arrange everything behind the scenes so that minors are really in safe hands within volunteering.
For more information about the step-by-step plan and the toolkit we work with, please visit: www.inveiligehanden.nl
Code of Conduct
The code of conduct applies to all volunteers who are responsible for the children. It is about the care, responsibility and protection of those with whom we work as volunteers, the children. All volunteers sign the code of conduct when they sign up to join our children's camps. With this they indicate that they adhere to the code of conduct.
- The volunteer must provide an environment and an atmosphere in which the child feels safe and respected.
- The volunteer refrains from treating the child in a way that affects his/her dignity.
- The volunteer does not maintain private contact with the child outside the camp.
- The volunteer refrains from any form of inappropriate behavior towards the child. All sexual acts, acts, contacts and relationships between supervisor and minor up to the age of 18 are not permitted under any circumstances and are regarded as (sexual) transgressive behaviour.
- The volunteer may not touch the child in such a way that this touch can reasonably be expected to be experienced as sexual or erotic in nature.
- During the camp, the volunteer will treat children and the areas in which they are located, such as the tent and the sanitary facilities, with great restraint and respect.
- The volunteer has the duty to protect the child to the best of his ability against forms of unequal treatment and (sexual) transgressive behavior and will actively ensure that the code of conduct is observed by everyone involved with the child.
- If the volunteer observes behavior that is not in accordance with this code of conduct and if he suspects (sexual) transgressive behaviour, he is obliged to report this to the appropriate persons.
- The volunteer does not receive or give any intangible compensation.
- All children are treated equally.
- Volunteers under the age of 18 do not consume alcoholic beverages.
- The volunteer refrains from any form of drug use.
In those cases where the code of conduct does not (directly) provide, or in case of doubt about the permissibility of certain behaviors, it is the responsibility of the volunteer to act in the spirit of the code of conduct and, if necessary, to contact a person appointed by the board. designated person.
Rules of conduct
Kizoka considers agreements about how to interact with each other important, because everyone should be able to feel comfortable and safe. This is only possible if you respect each other and treat each other with respect. This means that in our foundation and at our camps we find all forms of unequal treatment such as bullying, abuse of power, discriminatory, racist, sexist or (sexual) intimidating behavior or remarks, or incitement to do so, unacceptable.
We ask all employees, children, their parents or other visitors, to cooperate in complying with the rules of conduct. We cannot express all things that can hurt others in rules. Then it would be way too many. This does not mean, of course, that if something is not mentioned, it is permissible.
- I accept and respect the other as he is and do not discriminate. Everyone counts.
- I take into account the boundaries that the other indicates.
- I don't bother the other.
- I do no harm to the other.
- I am not abusing my position of power in any way.
- I do not swear or make mean jokes or remarks about others.
- I don't ignore the other.
- I do not participate in bullying, laughing or gossiping.
- I don't fight, I don't use violence, I don't threaten the other, I don't bring weapons.
- I do not come too close undesirably and do not touch the other person against his or her will.
- I do not give the other person unwanted sexual attention.
- I do not ask inappropriate questions or make unwanted comments about anyone's personal life or appearance.
- I ask him/her to stop if someone bothers or bothers me. If that doesn't help, I'll ask someone else for help.
- I help others to also keep to these agreements and speak to those who do not keep to them and report this to the camp coordinator, the board or a confidant if necessary.
Certificate of Cunduct (VOG)
A VOG is requested for all our volunteers and people who are hired at camp to entertain children. With a VOG application, the Ministry of Security and Justice investigates whether the applicant has committed criminal offenses that pose a risk to his work in the voluntary organisation. If a volunteer cannot hand over a VOG, he cannot work within our foundation. All our volunteers have a valid VOG. The VOG is reapplied for every 4 years.
Our Hiring Policy
Volunteers are hired via the 'us knows us' principle. Our volunteers have often been with our Children's Camps themselves as a child and they register with a camp coordinator as soon as they are 18 years old. There follows a kind of job interview with a camp coordinator, member of staff and the volunteer in which motivation and experience of working with children are discussed. If the conversation is positive, a Declaration on Behavior is requested and the code of conduct and rules of conduct are signed.
During the Children's Camps, new volunteers are supervised by experienced volunteers and their performance is evaluated.
Kizoka currently has 2 internal confidential advisors that anyone can turn to with questions and doubts. These are Keetje Sars and Natasja Knippenberg. They are there for everyone: children, parents and volunteers.
Natasja is a board member and volunteer at team Veldhoven.
Keetje is assistant camp leader at team Jagershoef.
If you would like to get in touch with our confidential advisors, you can do so via: firstname.lastname@example.org