Therapy in Romania is deeply committed to protecting children in Romania from all forms of abuse, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse. It will also seek wherever possible to protect children from neglect, abandonment and exploitation. Children need protecting where they live (family or care home) as well as from any dangers posed by visitors such as foreign volunteers.
Therapy in Romania has been invited to work with Child Protection Departments to ensure a high level of protection for children through effective staff training.
Therapy in Romania recognizes that when child abuse is suspected, children often experience unintentional abuse by being separated from family members or placed in care. Therapy in Romania wants to work closely with policymakers to ensure the best interests of the child and the family unit. This might in certain circumstances include working therapeutically with the suspected abuser.
Therapy in Romania provides a half-day’s training in cooperation with others for volunteers coming to Romania. Included in the training is how to ensure that children feel protected through acceptable space, appropriate touch and openness.
Therapy in Romania has developed its own comprehensive Child Protection Policy, which includes its unique Safe Touch recommendations. The policy is free of copyright and has already been used by Romanian government and non-government organisations as a basis for developing their own policy in line with European Union standards.