Child Protection Policy

As educators we assume the huge responsibility of providing a quality educational environment and experience for the students who enroll in our institutions. Inherent in that responsibility is the need to provide a healthy, secure and safe environment for all students, in order that they may realize their full potential without fear of physical or emotional harm from themselves, their peers, or the adults responsible for their well-being.

In recent years the challenge of creating safe environments for children and the results of not doing so have moved to the forefront of educational priorities. One requirement of membership in EARCOS is that schools must have in place a Child Protection Policy. It is not our intent to create a one-size fits all policy for use by our diverse membership, but rather to provide resources for our members to create or revise their own approach this this critical issue. With that in mind we offer the following resources:


International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NEW)
The fine work of the International Child Protection Task Force's fine work is being housed on the website of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children on a separate portal (Education Portal):


Update from Child Protection Task Force: Recruitment and the Law
A working committee of the International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP) is re-examining recruiting practices, in consultation with law enforcement agencies around the world, including Australia/ Canada/ Europol/Interpol/ Netherlands/UK/US.
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Child Protection- A Comprehensive Approach (Clearpath EPM)
A fundamental responsibility of all schools is to safeguard its students. Doing this successfully requires a firm commitment from school leaders and all other school stakeholders. Without commitment, safety, security, and emergency preparedness will be viewed by many as inconvenient and disruptive.
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Child Protection (AISA)
Child abuse and neglect – particularly child sexual abuse – are among the world’s most serious concerns, with millions of children reported to various children’s protective service organizations each year. 
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Student Protection Policy (ASIJ, April 2014)
It is the goal of the American School in Japan to maintain a school environment for all students free from abuse.
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The International Educator Online
Crime and Punishment - and Prevention
by Paul Poore, Executive Director of the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA)
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The International Taskforce on Child Protection (ITFCP)
The International Taskforce on Child Protection (ITFCP) was formed in April 2014 to help international school communities address child protection challenges. Now a coalition of 90+ volunteers, the taskforce includes leaders of international education organisations, school leaders, counsellors and teachers, working collaboratively across professions with law enforcement officials and the medical community.
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