Doctors of the World-Greece (MDM-GR) has prepared the manual as a guide to employees and volunteers that involved in the operations of the organization. The purpose of the manual is to provide a defined context for the staff in terms of respect and protection of Vulnerable Adults in all the sectors of function of the organization while at the same time to establish all the compulsory responsibilities and obligations for the protection of the vulnerable persons from harm and abuse.
This document supersedes any previously distributed Vulnerable Adults policy for the employees and volunteers.
MDM fully intends to comply and respect with all national, European and international/humanitarian law that apply to the protection of Vulnerable Adults.
Vulnerable adults, who are persons lacking the personal capacity to protect their interests, are in particular need of a reliable legal framework. There is, however, no uniform legal framework allowing for a proper protection of vulnerable adults in cross-border situations in Third Countries where MDM might operating.
MDM taking into consideration the fact that the protection of vulnerable adults is direct linked to the respect of human rights and that every vulnerable adult must, like any other adult, to be considered as a holder of human rights and able to make decisions freely, independently and with awareness within the boundaries of its cognitive ability, and not to be treated as a passive beneficiary of care.
The Handbook for the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults integrates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Convention on the International Protection of Adult.
MDM reserves the right in its sole discretion to revise these policies by adding, reducing, correcting or updating its content, and any or all of the policies and procedures. Any such changes are effective when made in writing and approved by the Board of Directors of the Doctors of the World-Greek Delegation. The organization is committed to inform all employees, volunteers and beneficiaries of any such changes.
Employees and Volunteers are required to read the written policies before signing their employment or voluntarism contract or as in signing the contract they are agreeing to comply.
Violations of any of these policies will subject the violating employee(s) or volunteer(s) to disciplinary action, possibly including termination of their contract.