Child Protection Is Everyone's Responsibility
What is Child Protection?
Child protection is protecting those under 18 years of age (or the legal age of adulthood in your country) from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect. This includes protection from all physical, emotional and spiritual forms of abuse that can take place in-person or online.
Srila Prabhupada’s Instructions
“These children are given to us by Krishna, they are Vaisnavas and we must be very careful to protect them. These are not ordinary children, they are Vaikuntha children, and we are very fortunate we can give them chance to advance further in Krishna consciousness. That is very great responsibility, do not neglect it or be confused. Your duty is very clear.”
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, letter to Arundhati dd - 30 July, 1972
Often, a child’s only hope is a report made on his/her behalf by a concerned adult. A report is an expression of concern and a request for investigation or evaluation. It is not an accusation. Any person can report suspicions of abuse and neglect for the safety of the child.
ISKCON Child Protection Policies and Procedures
ISKCON is committed to implementing these Guidelines to ensure that everyone involved with children honors their responsibilities to safeguard children from harm. The aim of these Guidelines is to promote good practice and offer effective policies to provide children and young people with appropriate safety and protection while in ISKCON communities.