Child Safety & Protection at Wesley
Wesley School is a participating agency of the Child Safety and Protection Network (CSPN), which is a group of agencies, organizations and international schools who have come together to collaborate, share resources, and develop best practice standards in the area of child safety. The Best Practice Standards establish consistent standards between and among agencies and facilitate ongoing networking, sharing of resources in both prevention and response and working together effectively on response teams.
Wesley School’s prevention strategies, policies, procedure and response protocols are designed to ensure that all students are treated with respect and dignity and enjoy a safe environment in which they feel protected. When given reasonable cause to suspect that the rights of children are violated, Wesley will use all available resources to restore those rights.
Wesley is committed to protecting the social, spiritual, moral, emotional, physical and mental health of students and to maintaining an environment in which all individuals treat each other with dignity and respect. Schools fill a special institutional role in society as protectors of children. They need to ensure that all children in their care are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop. With the opportunity to observe and interact with children over time, educators are in a unique position to identify children who need help and protection, particularly in the area of personal safety. Educators have an 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 themselves of the services needed to remedy any situation that constitutes child abuse or neglect. It is the responsibility of all Wesley School employees, adult volunteers and students to report any suspected cases of child harassment or abuse to the Child Safety Team.
The Child Safety & Protection Handbook outlines how any member of the school community can report concerns or observations related to student safety and protection. School policy and procedures are followed in dealing with the spectrum of incidents from minor cases of misbehavior, serious or repeated cases of misconduct, as well as indicators, disclosures and reports of suspected harassment and/or abuse.
The Personal Protection Policy and its procedures serve the purpose of creating an environment which safeguards students and staff from abuse and harassment. The school will take action to prevent and correct any violations of the policy, as well as to investigate all allegations of child harassment or abuse. The school will take corrective action within the limits of its organizational jurisdiction and will comply fully with the laws of Indonesia with regards to any suspected case of child harassment or abuse. Violation of this policy by anyone associated with the school (expatriate or national staff or students) will result in discipline.
Child Safety Team
The Child Safety Team is a group of school staff who sensitively assess and investigate reports of harassment and abuse.
The Child Safety Team:
- Consists of two or more members who are appointed by the school director and deemed to be trustworthy, objective, caring, and committed to confidentiality.
- All members will be committed to knowing and following the school’s Child Safety and Personal Protection Policy and procedures.
- All members will have received training from the Child Safety and Protection Network (CSPN).
- At least two members will be trained investigators by CSPN.
- All members will have worked at the school for at least two years before being appointed to the team.
Reporting Student Behavior
Anyone in the school community may observe or hear about an occurrence or behavior that causes concern. Reports of student misbehavior should be directed to the staff member responsible for the student at the time of the behavior. Reports of serious or repeated misconduct should be taken to a school administrator (principal or director). General concerns related to child safety and personal protection as well as reports, indicators or disclosures of suspected harassment or abuse should be submitted to the Child Safety Team.
For more information about reporting of incidents, see the Child Safety & Protection Handbook, which can be obtained in the school office.
To report an incident you can print and fill out the following form. This form may be completed by a student, parent, or staff member. After completing the form, please return it to an administrator, counselor, school-appointed advocate or a member of the Child Safety and Protection Team.