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Safeguarding and Child Protection

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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. 

The International School of Busan’s Child Protection Programme includes the following: 


  • Board adopted Child Protection Policy 

  • Focus on prevention with age appropriate lessons provided to educate students on personal safety.

  • Parent information/materials offered to explain and clarify the CPP.

  • Extensive background checks for all employees and faculty prior to hiring.

  • A Code of Conduct that guides interactions between adults and children.

  • Training for faculty and employees to recognize signs of suspected abuse and to  follow appropriate protocol for responding and reporting. 

  • Compliance with Korean law (ISB is mandated by Korean law to report suspected cases of child abuse to the relevant authorities). 

  • Connections to local authorities and resources

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.

In the 2021-22 Academic Year, all local staff and outsourced contractors completed a Child Protection Training Course provided by


In December 2021, ISB became a recognized school in recognition of commitment to protecting children through child safeguarding awareness training of employees and staff.

In August 2022 all ISB employees completed the ECIS Child Protection Certification Course.

In October 2023 all ISB employees completed the enhanced Level 2 ECIS Child Protection Certification Course


In April 2024, the Child Protection Officer and the Board's Designated Safeguarding Lead travelled to Amsterdam to participate in training organised by the Council of International Schools. The in-depth training focused on managing allegations of child abuse in an international school context.

ISB's designated Child Protection Officer is Amanda Illeperumaarachchi.

The designated Safeguarding Lead on the ISB Board of Governors is Paul Edwards.

ISB has a Whistleblower Policy. Use this link to file a report.

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