AISB Child Protection Policy
Child abuse and neglect are of growing concern in schools throughout the world. Child abuse and neglect are violations of a child’s human rights and are obstacles to the child’s education as well as their physical, emotional, and spiritual development.
Schools fill a special institutional role in society as protectors of children. Schools need to ensure that all children in their care are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop. Educators, having the opportunity to observe and interact with children over time, are in a unique position to identify children who need help and protection. As such, educators have a professional and ethical obligation to identify children who are in need of help and protection and to take steps to ensure that the child and family avail themselves of the services needed to remedy any situation that constitutes child abuse or neglect.
All contractors and employees working at the American International School of Bucharest must report suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect whenever the staff member has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse or neglect. Reporting and follow up of all suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect will proceed in accordance with administrative regulations respective to this policy. Furthermore, cases of suspected child abuse or neglect will be reported to the applicable authority.
The American International School of Bucharest adheres to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which the host country, Romania, is a signatory. The American International School of Bucharest seeks to be a safe haven for students who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in any aspect of their lives. The American International School of Bucharest will distribute this policy annually to all parents, legal guardians and applicants, will communicate this policy annually to students, will provide annual training for all staff, and will make every effort to implement hiring practices to ensure the safety of children.
For further information, please review the AISB SAFE COMMUNITY document.