CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
The Philosophy of Rose Marie Academy
We believe that everyone has the right to be educated according to their potential and personal needs. All deserve the opportunity to learn, grow intellectually and socially, and be adaptable in an ever-changing world. We strive for the development of healthy relationships based on mutual respect and consideration for the rights of others. We guide our students to become confident, independent, and socially responsible global citizens.
The Mission of Rose Marie Academy
Educate all students in a supportive, multicultural environment where health, safety, and respect for self and others are prerequisites for successful learning.
Provide a balance of up-to-date learning technologies and innovative global curricula.
Maximize student performance by means of small classes taught by caring and highly qualified faculty.
Ensure student success by giving careful attention to individual strengths and weaknesses.
The purpose of this Child Protection Policy is to provide a framework for staff, interns, volunteers and visitors that aims to protect children and reduce the risk of child abuse or exploitation by:
- educating school personnel and stakeholders of the importance of child safety.
- ensuring appropriate interactions between relevant staff, interns, volunteers, and visitors.
Code of Conduct
All staff, interns, volunteers, and visitors must:
- treat children with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, gender, language, religion, political affiliation, national or ethnic origin, economic status, disability, birth or other status.
- always put the welfare, health, and safety of the child first.
- always take into consideration the views and concerns of children, particularly with any decision that may affect them.
- never use language towards or around a child that is sexually or culturally inappropriate, harassing or abusive.
- never physically harass or assault a child.
- never engage children in any form of sexual activity.
- ensure that another adult is present during any interactions with children in and outside the school premises when appropriate.
- never invite children back home or to non-school activities.
- never hold, kiss, hug or touch a child unnecessarily or in a sexually or culturally inappropriate way, and to ask for permission or consult with other staff before any touching whatsoever.
- never show favoritism to any one child in any way, particularly in the form of gifts, special attention or additional services.
- never inflict physical, mental or emotional punishment on children.
- immediately report concerns or allegations of child exploitation and abuse or any violations of the policy to Head of School.
- abide by the relevant laws of the country of operation and residence in regards to child protection and child labor.
- never harass or exploit children with any inappropriate materials on the internet or by any other means.
- never access or participate in child pornography through any source.
- never use technological devices such as computers, mobile phones, cameras inappropriately around children, particularly in sharing any information about the children on social media without the consent of the parents/guardians of the children.
- never take photos or video footage of children without prior approval from leadership and prior consent from children and their parents/guardians.
- obtain informed consent from the child and parents/guardians before photographing or filming a child.
- explain to children and parents/guardians of the purpose of collecting and distributing such media and the final content being shared.
- allow children or parents/guardians to change their mind and withdraw their consent at any time if they so choose.
- ensure that any written content, photographs and video footage of the child is dignified and respectful in nature and does not place the child in a vulnerable, submissive or embarrassing position.
- ensure the children are fully clothed in images and/or video footage and are not in contexts that are sexually suggestive.
- ensure images and/or video footage accurately represent the context and the facts of the story surrounding the child.
- ensure that identifiable information (i.e. names, locations, etc.) about the child or their family is not shared in any written or visual content.
- work closely with any media outlets or newspaper to ensure that content about the school and the child is accurate, not sensationalized, and respectful.