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 insure 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. 

Fukuoka International School endorses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which the host country Japan is a signatory and 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 will make child protection a part of every aspect of the school. As such, FIS will: 

  • Distribute this policy annually to all parents, 
  • Will make every effort to implement hiring practices to ensure the safety of children. In the case that a staff member or community member is reported as an alleged offender, FIS will conduct a full investigation following carefully designed course of due process. 
  • Will provide annual training for all staff and 
  • Will communicate this policy annually to students,

Sources: 

  • Amnesty International Unofficial Summary of the UN Rights Convention of the Child:  http://www.amnestyusa.org/convention-on-the-rights-of-the-child/unofficial-summary/ page.do?id=1101782&n1=3&n2=78&n3=1272 
  • Actual Convention on the Rights of the Child:  http://www.crin.org/docs/resources/treaties/uncrc.asp#Nineteen