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Introduction

This policy applies to all staff, volunteers, students, interns or anyone working on behalf of Challenges Abroad and the FutureSense Foundation in relation to social media practices for volunteers, staff and partners. This policy is also in relation with our Child Protection Policy regarding the use of photos of children on social media and appropriate uses of personal social media accounts.

The purpose of this policy is:

  • To ensure staff, volunteers, and partners (school, health centre, and NGO directors/leaders) are sharing media content that is in line with our organisational principles and within the confines of our Child Protection Policy.

  • For maintenance of clear social media guidelines and boundaries in relation to private accounts and social media interactions.

Volunteers, students, and interns will be identified as “participant” for the remainder of this policy.  

 

Policy Statement

This statement refers to all platforms of social media in relation to communication between participants, staff (long and short term), local partners, and beneficiaries. It covers appropriate and inappropriate uses of social media in protection of content shared and the overall representation of FutureSense and Challenges Abroad.

 

Policy Objectives

To adhere to the FutureSense Child Protection Policy with regards to the capture and use of images and videos:

  • All participants, staff, and local partners will follow the Child Protection Policy guidelines for the capturing and use of children in photos and videos.

    • Permission must be requested and information provided about how the photo will be used.

    • No names, locations, or identifying information will be shared or captioned.

    • All children will be fully clothed at all times and depicted in a positive manner

  • No participant, staff or local partner will connect with children on any social media platform.

 

To maintain professional standards through use of Social Media:

  • Refrain from adding participants, staff (short and long-term), local partners, and beneficiaries, to personal social media accounts.

  • Avoid the use of social media as a means of communication, maintaining email communication as the professional standard.

  • As a participant, staff, and partner you may have access to confidential information. You are required to maintain confidentiality and not share private organisational information on any social media platform.

 

We are committed to reviewing this policy and good practice annually.