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AVI's Child Protection Policy (April 2018)

AVI’s updated Child Protection Policy sets out our obligations, standards and procedures to protect and safeguard children.  Our obligations, which include rigorous background checking for all volunteers and staff, are underpinned by our commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  We promote children’s rights to life, survival and development, participation, and non-discrimination, while also acknowledging that safeguarding and protection of children is a shared responsibility for all of us. Our zero tolerance of child abuse and exploitation helps ensure that our Board of Directors, staff, contractors and volunteers are safe for children.    

The AVI Child Protection Policy is reviewed and updated every two years.  

AVI Child Protection Policy April 2018
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AVI's Position on Residential Care for Children

In response to the growing body of evidence highlighting harm to children living in residential or institutional care overseas,  AVI’s Position on Residential Care for Children brings together a significant body of work, noting engagement with ‘Re-Think Orphanages’, the Australian Council for International Development's (ACFID) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  The paper outlines AVI's position to proactively supporting organisations that are re-thinking traditional models of children’s care and supporting transitions towards family/community-based alternatives.
AVI Position on Children's Residential Care
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ACFID Practice Note: Responsible International Volunteering for Development

Essential reading for those interested in volunteering, AVI proudly contributed to the Australian Council for International Development's (ACFID) Practice Note on Responsible Volunteering for International Development . Working with over 20 ACFID member organisations, ACFID has created practice principles for international volunteering. As an ACFID member, AVI commits to actively implementing these principles in all the work we do.

ACFID Practice Note: Responsible International Volunteering for Development