UISG CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFEGUARDING
- UISG aims to ensure that all students in their care are provided with a safe and secure learning environment to grow and develop. UISG supports the recommendations regarding child protection of the Council of International Schools in conjunction with the International Task Force on Child Protection to help international school communities
- The UISG community works together to ensure that the safety and well-being of its students is addressed by implementing clear policy and guidelines leading to best practice.
- UISG endorses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which the host country, China, is a signatory and seeks to be a safe haven for students, who may be experiencing abuse or neglect.
Definition of Child Abuse
- According to the World Health Organization, child abuse constitutes:
- “All forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.”
UISG SAFEGUARDING MEASURES
- UISG have put measures in place to help protect students, families and staff including:
- A clear Child Protection policy which is found on: (link required)
- Child protection training and certification workshops for all teaching and administrative staff.
- Designated trained Child Protection Officers.
- A comprehensive Staff Code of Conduct.
- A designated teacher response team specific to student protection support.
- Criminal background checks of all staff including regular volunteers and others with regular student contact such as for individual music lessons, school camps and AOCs.
- PSPE lessons in Primary and Life-skills lessons in Secondary to ensure student understanding of safeguarding issues and school procedures.
- Clear procedures for handling disclosure and following up on any suspected child abuse.
- Parental involvement to ensure the wellbeing of students.
- Cooperation with relevant authorities in relation to student protection and welfare.