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Safety & Emergency Protocol

Locations such as the Andaman Islands have limited access to medical facilities. The remote nature of our programme sites require both our team as well as the participants to be best prepared for medical and other emergencies.

The facilitation team includes professionals trained in Emergency First Response and are equipped with a fully-stocked First Aid Kit at all times. The Emergency Action Plan at the field station is displayed at public areas such as dining and library.

 

In case of medical, accident or other emergencies, a facilitator or field assistant trained in Emergency First Response (EFR) shall lead the response to the situation. No ingestible medication shall be provided to children without explicit consent from accompanying school chaperone and pre-assigned Emergency Contact Person and/or the school medical officer. In case of cuts, bruises or other external injuries, only an EFR-certified facilitator shall provide topical medication as recommended for the situation. A fully-stocked First Aid Kit (does not include Epinephrine and Defibrillator) shall be available at all times during the course of a programme.

 

The parent/guardian is required to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions of their child at the time of registration. Participants are required to carry the relevant medical prescription and medicines for personal use and will be responsible for timely intake of the same.

 

The parent/guardian is required to disclose food or other allergies of their child at the time of registration. We will either avoid using the allergen in the menu or provide an alternative meal for the concerned child. Children with severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis are advised to carry an Epinephrine shot along with its prescription.

Child Protection Guidelines

As an organisation working closely with children, our Child Safety Guidelines have been designed to allow children to have a safe and enjoyable experience during the programme.

 

  • The programme facilitation team will meet with accompanying chaperones on arrival for briefing on house rules, setting expectations and identifying students with allergies, medical or other concerns for facilitators to be mindful of, during the programme, such as dyslexia, stutter, uncomfortable with public speaking etc.

  • Children may choose to opt-out of any activity at any time during the course of a programme. They may choose to do so without citing a reason.

  • In case a child needs to separate from the group or leave mid-way during an outdoor activity, a facilitator shall always accompany the child back to the base/hotel or vehicle as the case may be, and be present with them until the group returns.

  • Strict confidentiality of personal information and contact details of Emergency Contact Persons of participating children shall be maintained and shall be made available only to the accompanying facilitators.

  • In case a child does not adhere to safety protocol set at the beginning of the programme or an activity, for the safety of the child and that of the group, they shall be asked to refrain from participating in the said activity or action as deemed appropriate shall be taken, in consultation with the facilitator. Eg: not using a torch after sundown, refusing to wear a life-jacket on a boat, touching or disturbing wild animals.

  • In case of medical, accident or other emergencies, a facilitator or field assistant trained in Emergency First Response (EFR) shall lead the response to the situation. No ingestible medication shall be provided to children without explicit consent from accompanying school chaperone and pre-assigned Emergency Contact Person and the school medical officer, if applicable. In case of cuts, bruises or other external injuries, only an EFR-certified facilitator shall provide topical medication as recommended for the situation. A fully-stocked First Aid Kit (does not include Epinephrine and Defibrillator) shall be available at all times during the course of a programme.

  • The parent/guardian is required to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions of their child at the time of registration. The concerned child is required to carry the relevant medical prescription and medicines for personal use for the duration of the programme and will be responsible for timely intake of the same.

  • The parent/guardian is required to disclose food or other allergies of their child at the time of registration. We will either avoid using the allergen in the menu or provide an alternative meal for the concerned child. Children with severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis are advised to carry an Epinephrine shot along with its prescription.

 

While photographing or filming children, DE shall:

  • Obtain permission from the child's parents or legal guardian after explaining the use of the photograph or film.

  • Be mindful of local cultural practices and/or restrictions before photographing or filming the children.

  • Ensure images are honest representations of the context and the facts.

  • Ensure photographs and films present children in a dignified and respectful manner and not in a vulnerable manner. And, children will be adequately clothed.

  • Ensure that audio-visual content shared as part of classroom learning is also age, context and culturally appropriate.

  • External facilitators shall not share any photos/videos of children, publicly or privately, without the consent of Dakshin Endeavours.

  • DE shall not tag personal profiles of students under the age of 18 on its social media accounts across platforms.

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