Committing to Child Safety
Our primary concern at Country Day School is the well-being and safety of our students. As we are confident the systems in place assure the safety of students currently at CDS, we are continuously working to review and revise our policies and procedures in this regard.
All teachers at our school are required to possess a valid teaching certificate. In order to obtain a certificate, teachers in most countries must pass a government background check and we require one from the country of last employment. As part of our hiring process, we not only require confidential written references for all employee candidates, but also communicate directly with previous references to ensure there are no concerns not addressed in the written references.
- We have a code of conduct for teachers and other adults working with students which defines appropriate interactions with students.
- We have a method communicated to students, staff and parents to report inappropriate activity / behavior, as well as procedures for investigating these reports. This process is available on our website.
- We have put in place age appropriate curricular lessons for all age groups to teach students about child safety.
- We are developing annual workshops for faculty on child safety.
- We have a child protection team that is tasked with overseeing the above.
- CDS is part of the International Task Force on Child Protection, organized by the Council of International Schools, and a pilot program member. This allows us to have access to important resources and constantly improve our own procedures
- Finally, we are working with an organization called Keeping Children Safe, based in the United Kingdom. They are an organization created in 2001 by some of the leading international development agencies in an effort to improve safeguards for children. They have “developed an extensive set of standards that describe safeguarding measures organizations working internationally should have in place.” They will assist us in a self-study process that identifies where we are now and what we need to do to improve.