EAS Child Protection Policy

EAS Child Protection Policy

1.1 Policy Aims

To ensure that all members of the EAS community help keep children and young people safe by:

  • contributing to the provision of safe learning environments for children and young people

  • taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe at school

  • identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm

  • communicating to the school and wider community our commitment to safeguarding children

1.2 Scope of the Policy

This policy applies to all members of the EAS community all staff, students, parents, and visitors to the school.

1.3 Policy Statement

The European Azerbaijan School endorses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), of which our host country, Azerbaijan, is a signatory. 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, both at school and away. 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.

1.4 Bullying

All pupils and parents receive a copy of the anti-bullying procedures on joining the school and the subject of bullying is addressed at regular intervals in the personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum.

1.5 E-Safety

The school’s e-safety policy explains how we try to keep children safe in school. Cyber bullying by children, via texts and emails, will be treated as seriously as any other type of bullying and will be managed through our anti-bullying procedures. Chat rooms and social networking sites are the more obvious sources of inappropriate and harmful behavior and children are not allowed to access these sites whilst in school.

1.6 Photography and Images

The vast majority of people who take or view photographs or videos of children do so for entirely innocent, understandable and acceptable reasons. Sadly, some people abuse children through taking or using images, so, we must ensure that we have some safeguards in place.

To protect children, we will:

  • seek their consent for photographs to be taken or published (for example, on our website or in newspapers or publications)

  • seek parental consent use only the child’s first name with an image

  • ensure that children are appropriately dressed

  • encourage children to tell us if they are worried about any photographs that are taken of them.

2.3.1 Wellbeing Team

The well-being teams in both the primary and secondary schools are responsible for the ongoing proactive support for and monitoring of wellbeing in the school.

3.1 Parent/Community Awareness

It is vital that the school’s commitment to the highest possible standards of safeguarding and child protection for all students is communicated clearly to the variety of stakeholders who come into contact with the school.

  • School safety goals and objectives are communicated regularly to all parents.

  • Child Protection Policy and Procedures are available on request.

  • The school’s commitment to child protection is stated clearly on the school’s marketing and communications materials

  • New families receive specific information regarding the school’s policies and procedures as part of the ‘New Parent Orientation’.

  • A statement of intent, and procedures to be followed are included in the student/parent handbooks.

  • Guidance and resources on student safety issues and how parents can talk with their children are available from the counselor

3.2 Staff Recruitment

The school is committed to maintaining procedures to ensure the safe recruitment and selection of all teaching and nonteaching staff.

3.2.2 Screening and criminal background checks

All personnel, staff, teachers, volunteers, and other members of the community whose potential employment or volunteer service involves direct contact with, and/or the potential for unmonitored access to children (including any individuals who regularly provide transportation to children) are given thorough reference and criminal background checks.

3.2.3 Code of Conduct

In addition to screening and background checks, all newly appointed staff are asked to agree to adhere to the ‘Code of Conduct’, a copy of which is provided to them (in both Azerbaijani and English).

3.5 Facilities and Security

School leadership ensures that all facilities are secure and appropriate to respect the safety and wellbeing of students in accordance to Azerbaijani law conducts reviews and inspections every 5 years.

This is a short version of the policy.
You will find the full policy in the file below

Child Protection Policy