Integrity - Service - Merit
International School Manila takes the responsibility for care of all of our students very seriously. We strive to provide a safe and supportive learning environment, so that all students can maximize their learning. Our policies and procedures on child protection stem directly from our school’s core values and mission, which drive our determination for student safety. At ISM, we understand how important it is for school employees and parents to work together in the interest of safeguarding our students. Our policies and procedures are supported by worldwide best practice and coordinate clear and consistent procedures associated with keeping our students safe. If you need further clarification concerning a given situation please contact the appropriate Divisional Principal, Counselor or the Assistant Superintendent.
ISM Board Policy
We recognize that children are potentially at risk of abuse by others. Child abuse includes all forms of physical and sexual maltreatment by a parent(s), legal guardian, domestic employee, school faculty or staff member, or any other person, as well as exploitation and emotional neglect by the primary caregivers.
The School believes that every child has the right to be protected from such harm, and accordingly if the School discovers that a child is in jeopardy, it has an obligation to do whatever is in its power to ameliorate the situation. To this end, the School shall take all measures it feels necessary that will help protect the child. Its options may range from advice and counseling with those concerned all the way through to the notification of employers and public authorities.
Child Protection and Abuse
Ref: Policy Section 3090
1) Ensuring student safety is the School’s highest mission.
2) The School must engender a culture of student safety awareness.
3) All school employees must be suitably vetted and vouched for.
4) Outsourced contractors are responsible for screening their employees but the process must be approved by School.
5) All volunteers who have close contact with students must be screened, trained and supervised.
6) Any behavioral concerns about employees must be investigated and documented.
7) If an employee knows or suspects that another employee is abusing a child, then he/she must inform the building principal or the appropriate counselor immediately.
8) If an employee suspects that abuse is taking place beyond the campus, there is an equal and compelling obligation to inform either the building principal or an appropriate counselor.
9) The internet is a medium that can expose and endanger children.
10) Education and empowerment are key factors in keeping children safe.
*With acknowledgement of input from David Wolowitz J.D. (David Wolowitz is Senior director and co-chair of the education law group at the McLane Law Firm in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.)