Safeguarding and Child Protection
We believe that child abuse and neglect are violations of a child’s human rights and are obstacles to the child’s education as well as to their physical, emotional and social development. The International School of Busan endorses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which our host country, South Korea, is a signatory.
We believe that schools fill a special institutional role in society as protectors of children. Schools need to ensure that all children in their care are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop. The School has a comprehensive Child Protection Policy in place and all staff receive formal training. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Programme includes the following:
- Training for faculty and employees to recognise signs of suspected abuse and to follow appropriate protocol for responding and reporting.
- Focus on prevention with age appropriate lessons provided to educate students on personal safety.
- Parent workshops offered to explain and clarify the Child Protection Policy.
- Extensive background checks for all employees and faculty prior to hiring.
- A Code of Conduct that guides interactions between adults and children.
- Compliance with Korean law (ISB is mandated by Korean law to report suspected cases of child abuse to the National Child Protection Agency (NCPA) in Busan).
In the 2019-20 Academic Year, all ISB Staff and Faculty completed the Educare Certified Course ‘Child Protection for International Schools‘.
In the 2020-21 Academic Year, all ISB Staff and Faculty completed the ECIS Child Protection Certification Course.
In the 2020-21 Academic Year our designated Child Protection Officer and Head of School participated in the CIS Child Protection Foundation Workshop