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Protecting the safety of our students & staff

We endorse the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which the host country Japan is a signatory, and take our responsibility to safeguard all children and employees extremely seriously.

Safeguarding Policy

FIS seeks to be a safe haven for students who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in any aspect of their lives, or exposed to a suspected or identified child sex offender. FIS makes child protection a part of every aspect of the school. It does so by: 

  • providing a safe environment in which students can grow and learn;

  • making every effort to implement hiring practices that ensure the safety of children (and in the case that a staff member or community member is reported as an alleged offender, conducting a full investigation following a carefully designed course of due process);

  • equipping students with the confidence and skills they need to keep them safe;

  • distributing and communicating Child Protection & Safeguarding policies annually to all parents;

  • developing and implementing clear procedures for identifying and reporting suspected cases of abuse;

  • providing annual training for all staff; and

  • supporting students and staff in accordance with an agreed and regularly reviewed Child Protection process and plan.

FIS attempts to:  

  • establish and maintain an environment where students feel secure, where they feel able to talk and where they know they will be heard;

  • include opportunities for training for all FIS employees to be made aware of their responsibilities and to be guided towards appropriate responses;

  • include opportunities within the homeroom and advisory curriculum for students to develop the skills they need to stay safe (to include guidance relating to online security); and

  • ensure students know that there are caring, approachable adults in the school with whom they can share their concerns.

FIS supports students through:  

  • the school's behavior policies as stated in the Student/Parent Handbook; and

  • the school's guiding statement - which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment where students feel valued and their concerns may be heard.

Our Responsibility

Child abuse and neglect is a growing concern in schools throughout the world. Child abuse and neglect is a violation of children’s human rights and an obstacle to their education and development.  Schools hold a particular institutional role in society to protect children and to ensure that all children are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop. Schools and educators, having the opportunity to observe and interact with children over a long period of time, are in a unique position to identify children who need help and protection. As such, schools and educators have a professional and ethical obligation to identify children who are in need of help and protection and to take steps to ensure that the child and family avail of the services needed to remedy any situation that constitutes child abuse or neglect. In addition to protecting children from abuse and neglect, schools must also protect them from suspected or identified abusers and sex offenders.

All staff employed at FIS must report suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect whenever the staff member has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect. Staff members must also report suspected or identified child abusers and sex offenders. Reporting and follow through of all suspected incidences shall proceed in accordance with school procedures with respect to this policy. Furthermore, cases of suspected child abuse/abusers and neglect may be reported to appropriate employment sponsors, to the respective embassy in Japan, to the appropriate child protection agency in the home country, and/or local authorities.

Child Protection & Safeguarding