Child Safeguarding Policy

CDNIS as an institution is fully committed to the protection of children in its care. CDNIS will ensure that all children in our care are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop. Educators at CDNIS, having the opportunity to observe and interact with children over time, are in a unique position to identify children who need help and protection. As such, educators at CDNIS have a professional and ethical obligation to identify children who may be in need of help and protection and to take steps to ensure that the child and family avail themselves of the services needed to remedy any situation that constitutes child abuse or neglect. Additionally, CDNIS strictly adheres to all applicable local statutes with regard to child protection. We will ensure that our students enjoy the right to be protected from harm and exploitation and to have their welfare safeguarded.

Child abuse and neglect are violations of a child’s human rights and are obstacles to the child’s education as well as their physical, emotional, and spiritual development. CDNIS endorses the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child.

All staff employed at CDNIS must ensure that suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect are reported to CDNIS senior administration whenever the staff member has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse or neglect.

Reporting and follow up of all suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect will proceed in accordance with administrative regulations respective to this policy and Hong Kong Law.

Furthermore, cases of confirmed child abuse or neglect may be reported by a member of senior administration to the appropriate employer of the involved parties, to the respective consulate in Hong Kong, to the appropriate child protection agency in the home country, to future institutions who act in loco parentis, and/or to local authorities.

CDNIS endorses the ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’, of which our host country, China, is a signatory and seeks to be a safe haven for students who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in any aspect of their lives. Specifically Article 19 on protection of children from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, and Article 34 on protection of children from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

CDNIS will distribute this policy annually to all parents and people seeking employment at CDNIS, will communicate this policy annually to students, will provide annual training for all staff, and will make every effort to implement hiring practices to ensure the safety of children. In the case of a staff member reported as an alleged offender, CDNIS will conduct a full investigation following a carefully designed course of due process.

This Policy is endorsed by the CDNIS Board of Governors.

The CDNIS Child Safeguarding Policy is based on both International and Hong Kong Law, and on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of which China is a signatory.