What We Do
Golden Monkey Enterprises is a film production company, founded in 1982.
Its main output consists of documentaries on people.
The emphasis of the work is on recording reality in an undisturbed way.
With these films we bring facts to the audience and in that way create the opportunity for the spectator to form its own opinion. Through these films we try to improve life for all of us and for future generations.
Both the content as well as the technical side are given the best of attention. For this, new technologies are combined with classical values in film making. Even though the company is small and operates low profile, we seek to bring important stories to a wide variety of audiences.
The company is a sole proprietorship. It is founded and run by independent filmmaker Pieter Fleury, who as director/producer initiates the projects.
For film productions all staff is hired on a freelance base. However, for several functions there are long standing relations with the crew members.
Financing comes without conditioning the content of the projects.
Over time, financing partners have been television broadcasters, Film Funds, NGO’s, ministries and private companies.
The Voice of the Child
Our recent project is called ‘The Voice of the Child’. It focusses on Child Friendly Justice. For this we have a Child Protection Policy, which you find here below.
This project is co-financed by the European Committee under its Justice program JUST-2023-JTRA
Golden Monkey Enterprises policy on child protection
(GME refers to Golden Monkey Enterprises)
Purpose and scope of this policy
The purpose of this policy statement is:
• to protect children and young people who receive GME’s services from harm;
• to provide GME staff with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
GME is a mission driven organisation aimed at promoting the rule of law
worldwide. This policy applies to anyone working for or on behalf of GME and who is engaged in working with children or working on projects dealing with child rights.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in the Netherlands. A summary of the key legislation and additional guidance is available from:
• https://wetten.overheid.nl/BWBV0002508/2002-11-18 (UN Treaty on the rights of children) • https://www.kinderrechten.nl/
We believe that
• children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind
• we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.
We recognise that
• the welfare of children is paramount when we work with children or implement projects related to children
• in this work and projects the welfare of children is paramount in the decisions we take
• when we work in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies it is essential to respect and promote young people’s welfare
• all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
• some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
• extra safeguards may be needed to keep children who are additionally vulnerable safe from abuse.
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by
• valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people
• appointing a nominated child protection lead for children and young people when the case arises to intervene. For this we will ask the “External designated trusted person” to act as a first tier safeguard. Normally this is the magistrate within the Dutch judiciary connected to project. In case this is a situation occurring in another country than The Netherlands and/or if the situation asks for it, we will ask a to the project connected local magistrate
• adopting child protection and safeguarding good practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and experts
• providing effective management for crew members through supervision and quality assurance measures so that those engaged in work with children know about and follow GME policies, procedures and behaviour codes confidently and competently
• recruiting and selecting relevant staff and experts safely, ensuring the necessary checks are made
• recording and storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance
• facilitating that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern
• using GME’s safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
• using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
• creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
• ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment in case we work with children, young people, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
• building a safeguarding culture where crew working with children treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.
Child safe organisation principles
1. Safeguarding children comes first and is embedded in organisational leadership, governance, and culture. This means the best interests of the child are paramount in our considerations about their welfare and protection, including when to maintain confidentiality and when to share information about them.
2. Children are listened to, informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously. Children have a right to participate in decisions about their lives. Their views, wishes, feelings and experiences are evident in our work with them.
3. Families and communities are informed about and involved in promoting the safeguarding of children. Working together with children, their parents, carers, and other agencies is essential to promoting children’s welfare/wellbeing and ensuring their protection.
4. Equality is upheld, and diverse needs respected in policy and practice. All children have a right to protection from harm and abuse, regardless of age, ability, gender, racial heritage, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, identity, or additional vulnerabilities, including protected characteristics.
5. People working for us are suitable and supported to promote the safeguarding of children in their work. All those who work for or on behalf of GME are required to abide by the GME policy for reporting suspected misconduct and the GME policy on prevention against harassment.
6. GME crew members are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and awareness to safeguard children through ongoing learning and training.
GME’s child safe safeguarding framework
GME’s safeguarding comprises the following six key areas of activity referred to as our building blocks:
I. Culture and values
Safeguarding is at the heart of the culture and values of GME. GME’s culture supports, enables, and mandates an approach to safeguarding. GME values embody promoting the rule of law and reflect what we stand for. Value-based behavioural framework sets out what we do in general and for children in particular. GME’s child safe organisation framework acts as a driver to embed a safeguarding culture among our crew members.
II. Safe recruitment
GME applies a fair and consistent approach to recruitment to draw our workforce from the widest pool and select the best people on merit. GME has a personalised procedure to ensure that we select crew members which are appropriately qualified and have the skills and knowledge to deliver a quality service. It minimises the risk of engaging anyone, as a crew member, who may pose a risk to children.
III. Effective policies procedures and guidance
GME has safeguarding guidance that set out the expectations of crew members. These policies are reviewed and updated on an annual basis or as required. Policies reflect new learning and are consistent with best safeguarding practice and legislation and guidance in the Netherlands.
IV. Competent and confident team
GME provides mandatory safeguarding induction based on actual needs. This includes communication with our workforce within professional regulatory requirements. In case, GME ensures that crew members have the skills they require and GME supports everyone to trust their judgement and act on safeguarding concerns.
V. Actively managing safeguarding risk
Managing risks is essential to how we safeguard children and vulnerable adults. We deem it the highest relevance that all crew members are primarily concerned with the safeguarding of anyone, children in particular, which is proposed to add their contributions to our filming work.
There is a permanent supervision through discussion within the team – top down and bottom up – that all contacts for the filming, wether it be in one-to-one meetings or in the team, include safeguarding, proportionate to the role undertaken by crew members.
This policy is reviewed and reconfirmed by the sole responsible person within GME on 19 January 2024
Golden Monkey Enterprises
Keizersgracht 717 H, 1017 DX
Amsterdam, The Netherlands