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Policy for protecting and supporting children, young people and vulnerable adults

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Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)
Policy for protecting and supporting children, young people and vulnerable adults

Values

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) as a member of the International Planned parenthood Federation (IPPF) and of the National Network for Children (NNC) has among its core values to support, strengthen and promote the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
A key element in working to safeguard the welfare of all children young people and vulnerable adults is the promotion of their rights to:
• have their health, safety and well-being, and their best interests considered at all levels of work
• have their welfare and development promoted and safeguarded so that they can achieve their full potential
• be valued, respected and understood within the context of their own culture, religion and ethnicity, and to have their needs identified and met within this context and within the context of their family wherever possible
• be listened to and to have their views given careful consideration, and to be encouraged and helped to participate in decisions which affect them.

This policy is applied in harmony with the other policies of BFPA and as integral part of the strategic plan of the organization and in the light of its mission and strategic goals - to work for the improvement of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in Bulgaria and to create conditions for realization of the Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRHR) of everyone.
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Policy on volunteer’s recruitment and development and on youth involvement

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)

Policy on volunteer’s recruitment and development and on youth involvement

1. The relevance of BFPA volunteers strategy  is to create a safe environment for volunteers, empower them, and equip with responsibilities requiring to be prudent and reliable, to carry out tasks to the best of his her ability, to respect confidentiality of clients, to be loyal to the association, to accept guidance and criticism, to maintain good working relationships with other members in the team, both volunteers and staff, to be willing to learns and participate as full team member, to be accountable, transparent and available.
2. BFPA is a non-governmental organization registered in public benefit that was founded by volunteers. Volunteer is a member of the Association that offers his/her time, commitment and services to the organization free of charge.
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Policy for avoiding conflicts of interests

Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)

Policy for avoiding conflicts of interests 

For members of the Board, staff and consultants of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) is against  the existence of conflicts of interests within and concerning the activities of the Association. The present document is mandatory for all Board members, employees and consultants of the BFPA.

For the purposes of this document:

Connected person is every physical and legal entity, state authority or international organization in regards to which employees, consultants and Board members have a financial connection or are members of governing bodies, directors, employees, experts or other representatives.

Transactions with connected persons are agreements of any character (incl. employment or consultation contracts) which are concluded with connected persons and create a situation of conflict of interests.

Conflict of interests is every interest or intent of employees, consultants and Board members which contradict the interests or intents of the BFPA

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HIV/AIDS and PLHIV workplace policies

Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)
HIV/AIDS and PLHIV workplace policies

Introduction

1. The Bulgarian Family Planning Association (BFPA) has elaborated and presented to the Board for approval HIV/AIDS Policies and Procedures which reflect its basic values as an organization respecting and protecting human rights. The goal of BFPA is to promote a progressive policy which supports People Living with HIV (PLHIV) as well as to ensure supportive and safe conditions for voluntary HIV counseling and testing, protecting the clients’ rights

Goal

2 (a) BFPA want its team, service providers and volunteers to be informed and educated on the subject of HIV/AIDS. The BFPA team is expected to support and promote a working environment which contributes to the principles of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) – “Active involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS” as well as “Ensuring optimal conditions for service provision in the field of sexual and reproductive health”
   (b) BFPA, as well as IPPF, would like to ensure a supportive and caring work conditions for the staff members who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. BFPA’s aim is to remove the workplace stigma and discrimination, based on real or suspected HIV status or potential vulnerability towards the HIV infection.  

Scope

3. These Policies and procedures concern the team, partners and volunteers.

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Non Discrimination and Equal Opportunities Policy

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)

Non Discrimination and Equal Opportunities Policy

Non Discrimination

1. BFPA in all its history, as member of relevant national and international networks such as IPPF, the National Network for children and the National Platform for International development supports core values, believes in social justice, and understands that a framework of non-discrimination underlies all human rights protection and promotion.
2. The framework of non-discrimination prohibits any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of age; sex; sexual orientation; marital status; race; color; ethnicity; language; religion; political or other opinion; national, geographical or social origin; physical or mental disability; health status, including HIV; and civil, political, social or other status; which has the purpose or effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.

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My Body, My Rights: Meeting of the Teams from Montana, Sofia and Yambol

Dolna Banya, September 2-4, 2020

Meeting of the teams on the project ‘My Body, My Rights’, supported by the prohgamme for socially responsible business “MSD for Mothers” took place in Dolna Banya on September 2-4, 2020. Special guests during the event were the Executive Director of ‘St. Sofia’ First OB Hospital Dr. Gergana Kolarova and the coordinator of BFPA in Pleven Dr. Krasimir Romanov. The priceless opportunity to have a direct dialog with Dr. Kolarova was highly appreciated by the team in Sofia and gave them the possibility to adjust the field efforts and optimize the collaboration with the hospital in the field of family planning.
Topics of the discussions during the three-day meeting were: what examinations to be done during the pregnancy and what is doing the gynecologist in the different stages; what are the benefits from health insurances; how much does it cost and how to recover health insurance rights; the benefits of visualization for understanding the information. Short educational films, developed to help the work at local level, were presented.
The work during the three days with health mediators and other colleagues working on the field from Montana, Sofia and Yambol included discussing the progress currently made and future activities trill the project end.
In the crisis months from the beginning of the year two tenth graders from Yambol were close to drop out from school due to the death of their parents, but the project team supported them and the boys will finish their secondary education. Two of the girls, trained on the project this year will be studying pedagogy in Veliko Tarnovo University.

 
The Learning action partnership was introduced to Safenet’s Cyber Scout Programme

Sofia, August 24, 2020

“I’m a 15-year old boy, in the ninth grade. Recently I met a girl in the social networks. After chatting a few days in Skype, we turned on cameras, send saucy pictures…. Now it transpires the girl is not a girl at all, I was recorded and being blackmailed, for money, for more pictures, otherwise the recordings will be made widely public. What do I do to get out of this situation?”
Another case:
“I’m in the sixth grade. A classmate who is a Facebook friend of our history teacher downloaded her picture and made her a professional profile in a porn site. What do I do, how do I react?”
The two cases are just a small part of the one-day training on the Cyber Scout programme for internet safety and online security for the members of the Learning action partnership (LAP). We talked about online bullying, online sexual exploitation, about the ways we should react, what rules apply, what is allowed and effective… We review different cases – from a threat from a pedophile regarding the security of a child to an innocent at first exchange between friends which escalates to online harassment that can have serious and long-term consequences for the victim’s life and mentality.

 
Capacity building in the fields of communication and advocacy

Dolna Banya, August 20-22, 2020

For three days – from August 20 to 22, 2020 BFPA’s team and Board together with representatives of key partners of the Association gathered at a outside-the-box work meeting in Dolna Banya. The public relations and civic law spepcialists Diana Damyanova and Ivana Murdjeva shared with the participants important accents of their professional expertise which are significant for better understanding the public environment as well as for communicating our messages.
The goal of the event was to analyze the needs of our target groups and of the environment we work in, bearing in mind the challenges for the NGO sector and the specificities in communicating with different audiences in order to be more successful when working in ”our” niche – health prevention, family planning, sexual and reproductive health. A short historical overview of the legislative environment and key normative documents was made.

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