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 with this critical issue. With that in mind we offer the following resources:

International Center for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) & the International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP)

The ICMEC and the International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP) have teamed together to share resources on the ICMEC’s Education Portal. This portal includes a wealth of information regarding Child Safeguarding practices including the following:

  • Awareness & Prevention
  • Accreditation
  • Recruitment
  • Reporting & Support
  • Curriculum Resources

International Task Force on Child Protection, June 2016 Report: Outcomes and Recommendations

Sample Safeguarding Handbooks:

  • The American School in Japan (AISJ) 2019-2020 click here
  • Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) 2016 click here

Report child sexual exploitation in any country to NCMEC’s CyberTipline at


Updated: Sunday, November 29, 2020