CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
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. The abuse and neglect of children is a violation of children’s human rights and an obstacle to their education and development. This Policy will be guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Children’s Act 2012.
All ISPS employees and support staff 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.
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 procedures and guidelines 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 the 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.
Definitions, procedures, and guidelines for this policy are outlined in the Student Parent Handbooks, Faculty and Staff Handbooks, The “Child Protection Programme pamphlet”, and the School’s website. This policy and all definitions, procedures and guidelines will be reviewed annually by the school’s Administration, the Child Protection Management Team, and the Board.
Approved by Board on March 13, 2019