Child protection is everyone’s responsibility:
Every child is subject – more than others – to violence and exploitation for reasons related to his/her social, health or living conditions. Accordingly, there must be a person / persons responsible for the essence of the child abuse in addition to being aware of their role and responsibilities regarding the child protection, and this is what the child protection officials in the Club do.
The policy aims at ensuring the clubs application of the players’ protection procedures by: protecting them while being under the club sponsorship from all acts or aspects of default that constitute physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, non-observance or bullying. This goes along with monitoring and supporting the players who may have been subjected to such abuse or non-observance.
The Club undertakes to create an environment enhancing and protecting the child in addition to preventing the child abuse and exploitation and condemning any form of child abuse inside or outside the Club.
The provisions of this policy apply to all employees and members of the Club.
The policy aims at ensuring the clubs application of the players’ protection procedures by:
1. Protecting them while being under the club sponsorship from all acts or aspects of default that constitute physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, non-observance or bullying.
2. Monitoring and supporting the players who may have been subjected to such abuse or non-observance.
3. Ensuring that all Club employees as well as the technical and administrative cadre are authorized and entrusted with reporting the cases of abuse and/or suspected abuse which take place inside or outside the Club.
4. Defining the duties and responsibilities of the Club administration and its staff in terms of responding to the suspected cases of abuse and/or non-observance.
5. Informing the workers and children of the child protection policy and its related procedures (awareness – prevention – reporting – response).
6. Promoting the explicit dialogue on the child abuse in meetings.
7. Creating safe and transparent reporting channels inside the Club
Policy Legislative Reference
1. The Federal Law no. (3) of 2016 on the Child Rights “Wadeema”.
2. The executive regulation of the Child Protection Law.
3. Bullying Prevention Guide in schools – the Ministry of Education.
The Child Protection Policy is based on:
1) The full compliance with the Federal Law no. 3 of 2016 on the Child Rights “Wadeema”.
2) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
3) Coordination with the Child Protection Unit – the Ministry of Community Development
4) The experience of the child protection officials in the Club.
5) The experience of the Club staff and those dealing with children
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as “a person below the age of eighteen”.
The child abuse and exploitation takes place all over the world, and we cannot describe it as a phenomenon given the cultural, religious, social, political, legal and economic differences in which children live; what is considered a violation in one country is acceptable in another. Therefore, the United Arab Emirates respects all religions and cultures and it worked to develop a single framework across different cultures which aims at preventing abuse. The United Arab Emirates guarantees to every child or young person the right to grow freely in a democratic environment in which equality, good treatment, peace and social justice pervade.
The Federal Law no. 3 of 2016 on the Child Rights, known as the Wadeema Law, stresses the child’s right of life, survival and growth along with the provision of all necessary opportunities to facilitate this. Moreover, the Law protects the child from all forms of nonobservance, exploitation, mistreatment as well as any physical and psychological violence.
According to the Law, smoking is prohibited in any public and private means of transport and closed places in the presence of children and the Law imposes penalties on violators.
The Law grants the child protection specialist the power to evacuate the child from dangerous places to a safe place guaranteeing his/her protection, according to the specialist’s assessment of the level of danger surrounding the child. In less dangerous cases, the child protection specialist may visit him/her regularly, provide social services and mediate between the family members and child.
Whoever endangers the child’s safety or habitually leaves him/her without supervision or observance or does not enroll the child in schools and register him/her immediately after his/her birth shall be subject to prison or penalty or both of them. The Law applies to all children till the age of eighteen.
Furthermore, kindly refer to the executive regulation of the Wadeema Law – Cabinet Resolution no. 52 of 2018 governing the executive regulation of the Federal Law no. 3 of 2016 on the Child Rights “Wadeema” – Al-Bayan Newspaper.
Protecting children data online.
In accordance with the Federal Law no. 3 of 2016 on the Child Rights known as the Wadeema Law, Article (29) of the Law stipulates that communication companies and electronic information network service providers shall inform the competent authorities of any child pornography materials posted through websites and the internet and information and data about the persons, entities or websites posting such materials or intending the children seduction shall be provided.
The Dubai Data Law also aims at protecting the privacy of all individuals, including the children.
What do we care about the child?
Child protection and care: protecting him/her from any danger to which he/she may be exposed along with taking care of him/her and establishing his/her convictions, including the belief, principles, values, ambitions and understanding life together with developing his/her mental, sportive, social and scientific skills.
The child’s interest is one of the Club priorities as every child has the right to develop his/her complete abilities as well as the type of education, participation and non-discrimination. The Club is responsible for protecting the child from all forms of abuse like exploitation, violence and discrimination. Moreover, we respond to cases of violence against children inside and outside the Club. The United Arab Emirates paid attention to this and the Child Protection Working Group was established in Abu Dhabi and which includes federal and local agencies covering social, educational, health and law enforcement services focusing on the child. The most important goals of the Group are “no harm – non-discrimination – child participation – investment in prevention, detection and immediate response – child protection in public places – child protection from technological risks and threats – protection from known dangerous people.