Congratulations Class of 2019!
- 95% admitted to their first choice or high priority school
- 20% accepted to the top 51 universities in the world
- 21 students offered scholarships to the value of $20,600 per annum for 4 years
Child Safeguarding is a major concern at the International School of Port of Spain. Child abuse and neglect is a concern in schools throughout the world. The abuse and neglect of children is a violation of children’s human rights and an obstacle to their education and development. All schools hold a particular institutional role in society to protect children and to insure that they are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop. Schools and educators are unique because they have the opportunity to observe and interact with children over a long period of time, and are or should be able to identify children who need help and protection. As such, schools and 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 of the services needed to remedy any situation that constitutes child abuse or neglect. In addition to protecting children from abuse and neglect, schools must also protect them from suspected or identified abusers and sex offenders.
All staff employed at ISPS must report suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect whenever the staff member has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect. Staff members must also report suspected or identified child abusers and sex offenders. Reporting and follow through of all suspected incidences shall proceed in accordance with administrative regulations respective to this policy. Furthermore, the Director, after consulting with the Board President, may determine to report cases of suspected child abuse/abusers and neglect to appropriate employment sponsor, to the respective embassy, to the child protection department of the local authorities, if that is determined to be the appropriate course of action. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Children’s Act 2012 inform the approach ISPS uses in working/being in contact with children.
The school's’ orientation procedures include guidelines as to what adults working in school should do in the event that they become aware of child protection concerns. Staff will be informed of changes to policy and procedures and updated in good child protection practice through staff meetings and the faculty handbook. As a part of this policy, all adults who come on campus will be required to sign the ISPS Code of Conduct and participate in a child safety training which will include the signs and symptoms of the various signs of abuse.
ISPS will make child protection a part of every aspect of the school. As such, ISPS will distribute this policy annually to all stakeholders through Faculty and Division Handbooks, Parent Handbooks, and the ISPS web site. In the case of a staff member or community member being reported as an alleged offender, ISPS will conduct a full investigation following a carefully designed course of due process.
Training will be provided to all staff so that they would be able to identify and recognize possible signs of abuse and follow the formal complaint procedure annually.