“As the Child Protection Officer [CPO], my role primarily is as the first point of contact for any safeguarding / child abuse concerns. In close liaison with the school Director, I am responsible for hearing and leading an initial enquiry, then as necessary, coordinating and communicating with the wider Child Protection team, whose members include the school Counsellors, school nurse, Principals, an Elementary School and Middle School / High School faculty member and Human Resource manager. The response team is initiated whenever there is reasonable cause to respond to a disclosure, and is only undertaken following gathering of information and in close communication with the school Director.” Carol Morgan Madziva
Harare International School is committed to Child Protection
Harare International School is committed to Child Protection. As such, procedures have been developed to guide our staff and families in matters related to the health, safety and care of children in attendance a tour school. It is with the support of our School Board that I remind our community about this critical issue. The HIS Child Protection are based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Zimbabwe is a signatory.
We want to draw your attention to two key articles:
Article 19 – Protection from abuse and neglect. “…protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.
Article 34 – Sexual exploitation. “…shall undertake to protect children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.”
By enrolling your child at HIS, you agree to work in partnership with the school and abide by the procedures adopted by HIS. We genuinely value our partnership with you in providing for the safety and care of your children. As part of our overall educational programs and specific to our shared responsibility to educate children, to protect them, and to learn and grow in a safe environment.
HIS approaches Child Protection in the following ways:
- Appoint a Child Protection Officer
- Police checks of all employees and on-site contractors
- Code of Conduct signed by all employees, on-site contractors
- Guide faculty to recognise and report issues of abuse and neglect through professional learning
- Age-appropriate education in regard to child protection
- All visitors to sign-in and display the visitor badge
- Put in place a Child Protection Team and a Child ResponseTeam
We thank you for your support of our commitment to Child Protection efforts and invite you to contact our Child Protection Officer, your school Counsellor, the relevant Principal, or myself with any questions you may have.
Arden Tyoschin Director
Harare International School