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Finance

All organisations, whatever their size, need rules on financial management to control their financial administration and to safeguard their assets. This is particularly applicable to charities as a reassurance to their supporters that their finances are being managed properly. In Sense International (India), we call these rules our financial regulations.

Financial regulations define the financial processes in the organisation, persons involved and responsible for each process alongside the authority vested in them.

The regulations are used as a source of reference for existing staff who perform finance related duties as well as in the training of new employees. They should be looked upon as an aid for securing accuracy and reliability of our records, to promote operational efficiency and as a way of ensuring compliance with laid down policies. In other words they provide a documented and recognised means of internal control which serves as a base for external examination and audit.

By law we must have our accounts audited externally under the Gujarat Public Trusts Act as well as Income Tax Act. The audit will use the financial regulations as a yardstick to measure the way we are conducting our financial operations.

Human Resource

Sense India recognizes the importance of our employees and understands the vital role each one has in meeting the needs of the people we serve. We strive to attract and retain qualified, productive and motivated employees who will provide efficient and effective services by offering market competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits an extensive career opportunities.

Our Human Resources (HR) policy is based on career development opportunities, primarily due to open communications and close collaboration between employees to ensure that it functions in a systematic, fair, efficient and consistent way to implement organizational strategic goals. Employee thoughts, concerns and opinions are regularly assessed through regular Supervisory meets and appraisals.

Communications

Communication is the medium to inform and involve the rest of the world in our cause and elevate the status of deafblind population from mere statistics to real people with real needs and achievements. It is therefore important that all the communication that this network of Sense International India and our partners do, reflects an identity which talks about the remarkable work being done. Communication guidelines are a way to encourage uniformity in our communication materials and add value to our work to create a bigger impact on the civil society.

These guidelines have been drawn up to ensure that projects that are supported by Sense International India can portray the correct and accurate information and image of deafblindness and Sense International India. They cover the written and visual identity of Sense International India and are to be used to highlight Sense International India's participation.

Information & Communication Technology

Information Security Policies are the cornerstone of information security effectiveness. The Security Policy is intended to define what is expected from an organization with respect to security of Information Systems. The overall objective is to control or guide human behaviour to reduce the risk to information assets by accidental or deliberate actions.

Information security policies underpin the security and well being of information resources. They are the foundation, the bottom line, of information security within an organization. We all practice elements of data security. At home, for example, we make sure that deeds and insurance documents are kept safely so that they are available when we need them. All office information deserves to be treated in the same way. In an office, having the right information at the right time can make the difference between success and failure. Data Security will help the user to control and secure information from inadvertent or malicious changes and deletions or unauthorized disclosure

Safeguarding

Sense India understands safeguarding to be about ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone who works for us and with whom we work as a means of preventing them from experiencing harm. It involves recognising the types of harm that could occur within our operating environments, putting in place strategies to stop these from happening, and fostering a culture that promotes safety for all. Any organisation, school, training institution or programme that works with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults has a legal and moral duty to safeguard the individuals with whom it has contact. This means doing everything possible to reduce the risk of a child, young person or vulnerable adult coming to harm while in your care, and knowing what to do if the child, young person or vulnerable adult is believed to be suffering from harm caused within, or outside, your setting.

Who does Safeguarding apply to?

Safeguarding applies to everyone. It is an especially important consideration for entities that have any contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults or families, however infrequent. It is not just for oraganisations providing childcare.

Child and vulnerable Adults Protection Policy - Sense India:

This document represents Sense India's commitment of being a 'child safe'organisation by preventing abuse and protect children & vulnerable adults with whom it comes into contact either directly or through its partner organisations. The aim is to help raise awareness of child abuse and of what is expected of staff and others within Sense India and its partner in relation to safeguarding children & vulnerable adults.

Sense India believes that

  • Children and Adults have the right to a happy, healthy and secure childhood
  • Children and adults with disabilities (including deafblindness) have equal rights to protection from abuse and exploitation.

Anti - Bribery Policy

It is Sense India's endeavour to comply with all applicable anti-bribery laws, including but not limited to the Indian Acts and Legislations on bribery and corruption and all applicable local laws where Sense International India operates. In the Indian context, anti- bribery provisions are contained in different pieces of legislations like the Indian penal Code, 1860, the prevention of Money laundering Act, 2002. Provisions of the UK Bribery Act 2010 will also be applicable during any project duration in India. The document sets out Sense International India's policy on bribery in general terms and not limited/specific to any single legislation.

Whistle Blowing Policy

This policy aims to support Sense India in maintaining the highest standards of openness, decency, integrity and accountability in its work. This policy aims to encourage Sense India’s employees and volunteers to be vigilant for signs of misconduct by any level of officer within Sense India and encourages them to report any serious concerns that they have, without fear of punishment or unfair treatment. This policy complements laws and regulations that protect employees who disclose information about certain kinds of wrongdoing against dismissal or other detriment at the hands of their employer.

Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy

The Vishakha Guidelines (2013) against Sexual Harassment as articulated by the Supreme Court judgment mandates that “it shall be the duty of the employer or other responsible persons at work place to prevent or deter the commission of acts of sexual harassment and to provide the procedures for the resolution, settlement or prosecution of acts, of sexual harassment by taking all steps required”. These guidelines have been further strengthened in the Sexual Harassment of Women (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) at Workplace Act 2013, and are applicable to all staff at Sense India.

Contact us for more details on policies (info@senseintindia.org)

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