The International School of Prague and Child Protection
ISP’s Mission is to Inspire, Engage and Empower. In order for everyone within our school community to work together to fulfil our mission, it is fundamental that our environment is one that is safe, welcoming and secure for all of our students.
ISP recognises its ethical and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our students. As child safety and protection is our highest priority, we state clearly and categorically that any conduct which potentially or actually causes harm or alarm to our students will not be tolerated. Any allegations of such conduct will be dealt with, if appropriate in partnership with the relevant authorities, in line with the ISP Child Protection Policy.
The ISP Child Protection Policy is based the work of the International Task Force on Child Protection, local Czech laws relating to the safety of children and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Policy details the nature of different types of potential alarm and abuse that children and young people can face. The Policy also spells out practical and procedural information that any member of the ISP Community who has concerns about the safety, wellbeing and security of a student or students can refer to.
The Child Protection Policy has six main objectives:
Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff to work with children.
Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping the children with the skills needed to make them safe.
Developing and implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuses.
Supporting children who have been abused as defined by the agreed child protection plan (to be specified for each case of child abuse).
Minimising the risk of misplaced or malicious allegations made against staff who work with children.
Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
ISP has been particularly mindful of some recent work by our colleagues in the Council of International Schools (CIS). CIS recently published a report by a specially formulated International Task Force which contained a number of recruitment recommendations for International School recruitment processes.
Thankfully this thoroughness is currently reflected in ISP’s recruitment processes and all new and continuing staff and faculty at our school must complete a comprehensive training course on Child Protection, and training is ongoing throughout the school year. The safety, wellbeing and security of students is our most important priority at ISP and will remain so.