AISZ promotes the values of respect, integrity, compassion and responsibility and seeks to “foster wellness”. The AISZ Child Safeguarding Policy seeks to protect the student, the family and the AISZ community. It ensures that the right to protection and access to confidential support systems is available to all students.
AISZ sincerely thanks Mr Chris Gould for training and ongoing support for our students and adults.
Duty of Care
All faculty and staff at The American International School of Zagreb are mandated to report their concerns about the well--being of any student. Reporting and follow up of all suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect will proceed in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures linked to this policy. Furthermore, cases of suspected child abuse or neglect may be reported to the appropriate employer, to the respective consulate in Zagreb, to the appropriate child protection agency in the home country, and/or to local authorities.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The American International School of Zagreb endorses the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which our host country, Croatia, is a signatory and seeks to be a safe haven for students who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in any aspect of their lives.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child includes 54 articles to which governments are expected to be signatories. The principal articles, relevant to AISZ, include:
Article 3: The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children
Article 12: Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.
Article 19: [Governments] must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them
Article 39: Children who have experienced neglect, abuse, exploitation, torture or who are victims of war must receive special support to help them recover their health, dignity, self--respect and social life.
Definition of Child Abuse and Neglect
The American International School of Zagreb has a rich and diverse community with multiple cultural beliefs, values and practices. To respect the global nature of the community, for the purposes of our Child Safeguarding policy, we have chosen to follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO's) definition of abuse and neglect.
The WHO declares:
“Child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all forms of physical and/or emotional ill--treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, 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.”
For the purposes of this document a CHILD is defined as being any person under the age of 18 or any person enrolled at AISZ as a full--time student, even if that person has reached his/her 18 birthday.
A detailed explanation of the different types of child abuse and possible symptoms is given in Annex 1.
Become familiar with the issues.
As part of our Safe Guarding Policy it is important for all adults to know the facts about child abuse and harm. There is a variety of excellent information available on the internet on this issue.
As part of our multi faceted training approach with faculty we use the online training located on the Darkness to Light website. Although US focused (and a sensationalized title) there is valuable information for all adults regardless of background or location who believe children should be protected and their rights preserved. I recommend that all parents take some time to get familiar with the facts and how we can all join together to form a united front supporting the rights of the child.
As you familiarize yourself with facts and the issues involved I'm sure you will understand that the statistics are staggering and that we as a school are striving to be the vanguard of Safeguarding and Child Protection in the Central and East European Schools Association and a world leader in advanced training for international school staff.
Please spend some time to familiarize yourself with the facts.
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