CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

POLICY STATEMENT
 
The School’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures (Policy) has regard to the Kazakhstan government Law on the Rights of the Child on August 8, 2002.
The child protection policy has been authorized by the Director of the School; and is published on the School website and available in hard copy to parents on re-quest; The child protection procedures apply wherever staff, directors or volunteers are working with pupils even where this is away from the School, for example an educational visit; and also applies to the Kindergarten.Every pupil should feel safe and protected from any form of abuse. The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The School will take all reasonable measures to:  
-  ensure that we practice safer recruitment in checking the suitability of staff, directors and volunteers (including staff employed by another organization) to work with children and young people.
-  ensure that where staff from another organization are working with our pupils on another site, we require written confirmation that appropriate safer re-cruitment checks and procedures have been completed on those staff;  
-  be alert to signs of abuse both in the School and from outside and to protect each pupil from any form of abuse, whether from an adult or another pupil;
-  deal appropriately with every suspicion or complaint of abuse and to support children who have been abused in accordance with his / her agreed child protection plan;
-  design and operate procedures which, so far as possible, ensure that teachers and others who are innocent are not prejudiced by false allegations;
-  be alert to the medical needs of children with medical conditions;
-  operate robust and sensible health and safety procedures and operate clear and supportive policies on drugs, alcohol and substance misuse;
-  teach pupils about safeguarding, for example through use of online resources, through the curriculum together with guidance on adjusting behavior to reduce risks including the safe use of electronic devices and the internet (see also the School’s acceptable use policy)  
-  take all practicable steps to ensure that School premises are as secure as circumstances permit;  
-  consider and develop procedures to deal with any other safeguarding issues which may be specific to individual children in the School or in the local area; and
-  have regard to guidance issued by the Kazakhstan government Law on the Rights of the Child on August 8, 2002.  
Keeping children safe in education defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

HEAD COUNCILOR
 
The Directors has appointed a member of staff of the School’s senior leadership team with the necessary status and authority  (Head Councilor) to be responsible for matters relating to child protection and welfare. The Head Councilor shall be given the time, funding, training, resources and support to enable him/her to support other staff on safeguarding matters, to contribute to strategy discussions and/or inter-agency meetings and to contribute to the assessment of children.  Parents are welcome to approach the Head Councilor if they have any concerns about the welfare of any child in the School. If preferred, parents may discuss concerns in private with the child’s homeroom teacher who will notify the Head Councilor in accordance with these procedures. If the Head Councilor Lead is unavailable his / her duties will be carried out by one of the other councilors,. In this policy, reference to the Head Councilor includes the other councilors where the Head Councilor is unavailable.  
 
DUTY OF STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
All staff, directors and volunteers of the School are under a general legal duty:  
-  to protect children from abuse;
-  to be aware of the terms and procedures in this Policy and to follow them;
-  to know how to access and implement the procedures in this Policy, independently if necessary;  
-  to keep a sufficient record of any significant complaint, conversation or event in accordance with this Policy
-  to report any matters of concern to Head Councilor
The School’s child protection procedures are not intended to prevent any person from making an immediate referral to children’s social care if there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child.

 
TRAINING
Induction
All staff, including temporary staff and volunteers, will be provided with induction training
that includes:
-  this Policy;
-  the Staff Handbook
-  the identity and contact details of the Head Councilor;
-  training as required or designated by the director

Child protection training
All staff will receive a copy of this policy will be required to confirm that they have read it.  
All staff members will undertake appropriate child protection training which will be updated every 3 years and following consultation with the Director and Head Counci-
lor