Abiding by safeguarding policy vital for humanitarian workers: Caritas Bangladesh

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Training on safeguarding held at Cox’s Bazar ERP office

25 January 2022, Cox’s Bazar:

Safeguarding is one of the vital things that humanitarian workers in any emergency setup must abide by related code of conduct, said Mr Marcel Ratan Guda, Project Director, Emergency Response Program (ERP), Caritas Bangladesh (CB).

He made these comments during a training arranged by ERP, CB at Cox’s Bazar office on Tuesday (25 January 2022). The participants attended the training online and offline due to Covid situation.

Abdullah Fuad, Head of Program, ERP, CB; officials of Catholic Relief Service (CRS); and all staff of ERP, CB attended the event.

“Everybody in any humanitarian working environment should know and abide by the safeguarding code of conduct accordingly following the organizational policy,” said Mr Marcel Ratan Guda.

“We must be very careful about the code of conduct related to safeguarding since we work for vulnerable people in Cox’s Bazar,” Mr Marcel said adding that “it’s not enough to follow the safeguarding codes ourselves only, our stakeholders, volunteers and everyone related to our humanitarian activities must follow the safeguarding code of conduct.”

Md Mosharraf Hossain, Manager Protection, ERP, conducted the training for all staff of ERP, CB who are working for the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMNs) in Cox’s Bazar.

He elaborated each and every point of safeguarding Code of Conduct during the training and informed the participants about the related information. The printed book of Safeguarding Policy was distributed among the participants during the training.

Caritas Bangladesh has a commitment to solve all kinds of complaints related to safeguarding policy, Md Mosharraf informed. 

The training participants spontaneously discussed different issues regarding the ways of abiding by safeguarding-related code of conduct.

Safeguarding is protecting a citizen’s health, wellbeing and human rights; enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect, the trainer said.

It is an integral part of providing high-quality health care, said Md Mosharraf adding that “Safeguarding children, young people and adults is a collective responsibility.”