The role of schools in child protection is to promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people.
Child protection in schools is about recognising that every member of staff has a responsibility to safeguard its students. It’s also about schools creating an environment where each child can learn and grow in a safe, nurturing place. Child protection must, therefore, be a priority for every school.
AISA's vision for Child Protection: To support schools to build and maintain a proactive environment that protects children by either preventing child abuse before it occurs or by ensuring its earliest possible detection, intervention and reporting.
AISA established a Child Protection Working Group with the aim of supporting member schools to strengthen their child protection standards and policies. The current 7 member team, led by Natasha Winnard of Khartoum International Community School, is comprised of representatives from the American International School of Mozambique, International School of Tanganyika, American International School of Lagos, Lincoln Community School, International School of Lusaka and International School Kenya.
The AISA Child Protection Working Group works to support schools in strengthening their policies and systems by:
- Raising awareness
- Developing curriculum resources and policy guidelines
- Building a network of child protection specialists within the AISA community
- Training teachers and school leaders
- Supporting the work of the International Task Force on Child Protection