In this three-part podcast I am interviewing Gloria Martinez, the senior program manager at the Malaysian Social Research Institute, on child protection policies and children’s rights. Gloria introduced a child protection policy at MSRI and has organized workshops and training for staff that I have been fortunate to attend. Over the past couple of months, I have been learning and growing in so many ways. How to safeguard children’s wellbeing and how to be mindful of the long-term impact our actions have on young individuals, are a big part of my learning experience.

In the first section, Gloria explains why a protection policy is necessary when working with children. She discusses the importance of having structures in place for minimizing risks and ensuring that programs and activities have a positive long-term impact on young individuals.