Child Protection Policy

Our policy recognizes that the welfare and rights of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, identity or socioeconomic background, all children:

  • have a positive and enjoyable educational experience at¬†ASM
  • have their health, safety and well-being considered when they are in our care
  • are in a safe and child-centered environment
  • are protected from abuse while at school or any school related activity.

As part of our safeguarding policy, the Director of the school shall:

  • ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect to safeguarding
  • ensure that all staff members are provided with appropriate training to recognize, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to our students
  • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents or concerns of abuse and support is provided to the individual(s) involved and those who raise or disclose the concern
  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored as per GDPR mandates that will be updated and disseminated to the community as necessary and appropriate.
  • provide for a rigorous screening process and background check for all applicants for employment
  • ensure that appropriate and necessary safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.


This policy and its related procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone in the ASM Community. Failure to comply with the policy or procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal or exclusion from the Community.

 

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Child Protection Policy at The American School of Milan

Introduction

At The American School of Milan (ASM), the safety and well-being of our students are of paramount importance. We believe that every child has the right to a secure and nurturing environment. Therefore, we have implemented a comprehensive Child Protection Policy to ensure their safety.

Policy Overview

The Child Protection Policy at ASM outlines our commitment to safeguarding children. Our policy is designed to prevent and respond to any form of abuse or neglect. Besides that, it aims to create a safe learning environment where all students can thrive.

Key Principles

Several key principles guide our Child Protection Policy. First and foremost, we prioritize the welfare of the child. Therefore, all actions and decisions are made with the child’s best interests in mind. Additionally, we promote a culture of openness and transparency to encourage students to speak up about any concerns.

Staff Training and Awareness

Because our staff plays a crucial role in child protection, we provide extensive training. This includes regular workshops and seminars to educate our staff on recognizing and responding to signs of abuse. Most importantly, we ensure that all staff members are familiar with the procedures for reporting any concerns.

Reporting Procedures

When it comes to reporting, ASM has clear procedures in place. Any suspicion or disclosure of abuse must be reported immediately to the designated Child Protection Officer. The officer will then take the necessary steps to investigate and address the issue. Therefore, we can ensure a swift and effective response to any concerns.

Safe Recruitment Practices

To maintain a safe environment, ASM employs rigorous recruitment practices. We conduct thorough background checks on all potential staff members. This includes verifying references and previous employment history. Besides that, all new hires must undergo child protection training before they begin their roles.

Student Education and Empowerment

Empowering students is a key aspect of our policy. We educate students about their rights and the importance of personal safety. This includes lessons on recognizing inappropriate behavior and understanding how to seek help. Therefore, students are better equipped to protect themselves and others.

Collaboration with Parents and Guardians

We recognize the vital role that parents and guardians play in child protection. Therefore, ASM actively collaborates with families to ensure the well-being of our students. We provide resources and information to help parents understand our policy and recognize signs of abuse.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Continuous monitoring and evaluation are essential to the effectiveness of our policy. ASM regularly reviews and updates our Child Protection Policy to reflect best practices and legal requirements. We also seek feedback from staff, students, and parents to improve our procedures.

Conclusion

At The American School of Milan, we are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for all students. Our Child Protection Policy reflects this commitment, ensuring that every child feels secure and valued. For more information or to report a concern, please contact our Child Protection Officer.