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Child Protection Policy

    Christchurch
    Korean Community
    School (CKCS)

    Issued by CKCS CPP Committee
    Date: 12/06/22

    1. Overview
      Christchurch Korean Community School (CKCS) aims to ensure the safety, wellbeing, and security of all children by practising open and accountable child-centred decision-making.
      This policy provides guidance to staff on how to identify and respond to concerns about the wellbeing of a child, including possible abuse or neglect.
      We acknowledge that child protection is everyone’s responsibility and we promote our child protection policies to our school community
      The interests of the child will be the paramount consideration when any action is taken in response to suspected abuse or neglect.
      CKCS commits to support the statutory agencies (Oranga Tamariki and the NZ Police) to investigate abuse and will report suspected cases and concerns to these agencies as per the process in this policy.
      The Child Protection Committee (CPC) will be responsible for the maintenance and triennial review of this policy, in addition to carrying out the responsibilities outlined in this policy.
    2. Purpose, scope and principles
      Our child protection policy supports our staff to respond appropriately to potential child protection concerns, including suspected abuse or neglect. It is our school’s commitment to protect children from abuse and to recognise the important roles all of our staff have in protecting children. This policy provides a broad framework and expectations to protect children, including staff behaviours in response to actual or suspected child abuse and neglect. It applies to all the CKCS staff, including volunteers and part-time or temporary roles and contractors. In addition to guiding staff to make referrals of suspected child abuse and neglect to the statutory agencies – i.e., Oranga Tamariki and the Police – this policy will also help our staff to identify and respond to the needs of the many vulnerable children whose wellbeing is of concern. We also commit to exploring opportunities to work with other providers, including from other sectors, to develop a network of child protection practice in our school community
    1. Definition of Child Abuse
    • Physical abuse
      Any acts that may result in physical harm of a child or young person. It can be, but is not limited to: bruising, cutting, hitting, beating, biting, burning, causing abrasions, strangulation, suffocation, drowning, poisoning and fabricated or induced illness.
    • Emotional abuse
      The persistent emotional ill-treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effect on the child’s emotional development. This can include a pattern of rejecting, degrading, ignoring, isolating, corrupting, exploiting or terrorising. It may also include age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. It also includes the seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of others.
    • Sexual abuse
      It involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities as well as non-contact acts such as involving children in the looking at or production of sexual images, sexual activities and sexual behaviours.
    • Neglect
      It is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, causing long term serious harm to the child’s health or development. It may also include neglect of a child’s basic or emotional needs.

    4. Abuse recognition, reporting , responding

    Staff
    It is the responsibility of staff to be vigilant, have knowledge and be able to recognise (Please see Appendix 1) the indicators of neglect, potential or actual abuse of children and to report (as below) any concerns, suspicions or allegations of suspected abuse immediately and respond (as below) to a child appropriately in a timely manner following the child protection procedures (Appendix 2). If the concern involves a staff member and child, see below and also Appendix 3.
    Reporting concerns
     Inform the principal and agree on an appropriate course of action, in a timely manner.
     Advise the board.
    Any person can make a direct referral to the Police, or Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children if they believe a child is being abused.
     Make a referral to Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children:
     for an urgent referral, call the Contact Centre 0508 EDASSIST (0508 332 774), or the Police.
     for a non-urgent referral, follow the process on the Children’s Teams (referrals) section of the website, or email edassist@ot.govt.nz if you don’t use Children’s Teams.
     After making the referral, get support for yourself, if needed.
     Deciding when and who will inform the parent(s) and/or caregiver should be determined by Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children and the police, in consultation with the school.

    Responding to a child
     Listen to the student and reassure them, but do not make any promises or commitments that cannot be kept.
     Ensure that any information or disclosures made by the student are written down.
     Ensure the student is supported and that there is a responsible adult at the school who is available to the student throughout the investigation, and afterwards.
     Ask open-ended questions. Do not formally interview the student. Only obtain necessary and relevant facts.
     Record word-for-word what the student says. Include the date, time, and who was present, in any written notes.

    Child protection special response team (CPSRT)
    It is the responsibility of the CPSRT to respond to child protection concerns, disclosures or allegations made against members of staff.
    The CPSRT consists of the following members:
    ● Chair of the board of trustees
    ● Chair of the Child Protection Committee
    ● School Principal
    Reporting concerns
     Make a referral to Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children:
     for an urgent referral, call the Contact Centre 0508 EDASSIST (0508 332 774), or the Police.
     for a non-urgent referral, follow the process on the Children’s Teams (referrals) section of the website, or email edassist@ot.govt.nz if you don’t use Children’s Teams.

    5. Training


    We are committed to maintaining and increasing staff awareness of how to prevent, recognise and respond to abuse through appropriate training.
    All CKCS staff and volunteers will receive annual training on child protection and safeguarding at the beginning of each academic school year.
    New staff and contractors will receive child protection and safeguarding training at the appropriate level for their role as part of their induction.

    6. Confidentiality and information sharingConfidentiality and information sharing
    We will seek advice from Ministry for Children (Oranga Tamariki) and/or the Police before identifying information about an allegation is shared with anyone, other than the service manager or designated person.
    Staff should be aware that:
    Under sections 15 and 16 of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 any person who believes that a child has been or is likely to be, harmed physically, emotionally or sexually or ill-treated, abused, neglected or deprived may report the matter to Oranga Tamariki or the Police and provided the report is made in good faith, no civil, criminal or disciplinary proceedings may be brought against them.
    When collecting personal information about individuals, it is important to be aware of the requirements of the privacy principles – i.e., the need to collect the information directly from the individual concerned and when 4 doing so to be transparent about: the purposes for collecting the information and how it will be used; who can see the information; where it is held; what is compulsory/voluntary information; and that people have a right to request access to and correction of their information.
    Staff may, however, disclose information under the Privacy Act/Health Information Privacy Code where there is good reason to do so – such as where there is a serious risk to individual health and safety (see privacy principle 11/Code rule 11). Disclosure about ill-treatment or neglect of a child/young person may also be made to the Police or Ministry for Children (Oranga Tamariki) under sections 15 and 16 of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989.

    7. Child safe practice guidelineshild safe practice guidelines
    ● If activities require one to one physical contact (i.e., classes in swimming, gymnastics etc.) parents and caregivers should be advised.
    ● Staff should be aware of where all children are at all times.
    ● Don’t allow physically rough or sexually provocative games, or inappropriate talking or touching.
    ● Visitors should be monitored at all times by staff and volunteers and outside instructors should be monitored by staff.
    ● Ensure that use of photographic images and video are aligned to relevant privacy policies.
    ● Avoid situations where you are alone with a child. While acknowledging that occasionally there may be no alternative, for example, where a child falls ill and has to be taken home. However, one-to-one contact must never be allowed to occur on a regular basis.
    ● Where possible ask parents/caregivers to be responsible for children or young people in changing rooms. Always ensure that whoever supervises does so in pairs.
    ● Staff should avoid being alone when transporting a child or young person, unless an emergency requires it.
    ● That the all people responsible for children and young people at any given time should always remain in an alcohol-free state that they can react appropriately to any situation that might arise.

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