Child Safeguarding

CDNIS supports the International Taskforce on Child Protection (ITCP) Report and Recommendations and has based our Child Protection Policy and Procedures on the ITCP expectations.

Responsibility for review of all child protection policies and procedures is delegated by the Head of School to the Child Protection Lead and are reviewed annually.

CDNIS treats all investigations into child protection concerns as confidential. In some cases, this information may need to be shared with local authorities.

The CDNIS Child Protection Policy and Procedures are endorsed by the CDNIS Board of Governors.

Introduction
CDNIS uses the term “child protection” to refer both to measures to ensure safety and prevent harm generally and to measures to address specific cases of concern.

The CDNIS Child Protection Policy and Procedures are 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.

CDNIS believes that every child has the right to grow up in a healthy, safe, secure and supportive environment. As an institution CDNIS prioritises and promotes child protection above all else and adopts a strict zero tolerance policy towards the mistreatment or abuse of students within our care.

CDNIS requires all adults on campus or working with our students off campus to:

  • prioritise child protection above all else;
  • demonstrate appropriate behaviours and respect boundaries when interacting with students and other children;
  • recognise the signs that indicate a student or other child may be in need of protection;
  • understand their responsibility to recognise and report - speak up and speak out;
  • know how, when, and where to report concerns;
  • assess safeguarding risks for all events or activities involving students in their care.

The CDNIS Child Protection Policy and Procedures contain the following.

CDNIS will distribute this policy annually to all stakeholders.

Role Descriptions for Child Protection Lead and Child Protection Officers
CDNIS has a Child Protection Lead (CPL) whose primary role is to promote the safety and welfare of students and children and ensure that the school has appropriate arrangements in place for keeping children safe. The Child Protection Lead is David Butler, Upper School Vice Principal.

CDNIS also has Child Protection Officers (CPOs) whose primary roles are to act as a point of contact for the reporting of child protection concerns; and coordinate a response to reported child protection concerns and act as a source of support, advice and expertise for the school community on child protection related matters.

The Child Protection Officers are:

  • Lower School - DJ MacPherson and Zoe Heggie
  • Upper School - Nathalie Millette and Duff Douglas
  • Business and Operations - Lynda Murphy
  • After School Activities - Dove Noel

CDNIS has a Board Member assigned to oversee child safeguarding matters.

Staff and Volunteer Code of Conduct
The CDNIS Staff and Volunteer Code of Conduct (Chinese version) is an agreed set of expectations that demonstrate appropriate behaviours and ensure appropriate boundaries when interacting with students. The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to:

  • detail what is required of all staff and support them in their duty to protect each child and 
  • minimise the risk of false allegations against staff.

The CDNIS Staff and Volunteer Code of Conduct applies to the professional and personal lives of all individuals hired to work on or off campus and to all interactions with students regardless of age or location.

Safe Touch Policy
The CDNIS Safe Touch Policy has been created with the aim of ensuring that all members of staff and volunteers are aware of their responsibilities in terms of appropriate and inappropriate touch when involving students.
The guiding principle of this safe touch policy is that touch, in all circumstances, is to be used only when it is:

  • appropriate to the professional role and
  • the student has given permission before initiating physical contact;

unless the circumstances giving rise to the need to touch are extreme and relate to the management of a student’s challenging behaviour.

Parent Code of Conduct
The CDNIS Parent Code of Conduct is an agreed set of expectations that demonstrate that our parents are aware of and understand the school’s approaches to child protection and support and uphold them.

Visitor Code of Conduct
The CDNIS Visitor Code of Conduct (Chinese version and French version) is an agreed set of expectations that demonstrate that visitors to our campus are aware of and understand the school’s approaches to child protection and support and uphold them.

Child Protection Reporting Procedure
All CDNIS employees and contracted employees have a responsibility to report any suspected child protection concerns they observe or otherwise have a reasonable basis to suspect, no matter how small. The Child Protection Reporting Procedure is an agreed set of expectations on the reporting of child protection concerns.

Response to Child Protection Concerns
Response to Child Protection Concerns is an agreed set of procedures and expectations on how to respond to the reporting of child protection concerns and is intended to guide the work of the Child Protection Officers following a report of a child protection concern.

Recruitment and Vetting Procedure
The Safe Recruitment Policy guides the hiring process in order to ensure that new staff are suitable for working in a school environment.

Social Media Policy
Per the schools Social Media Policy, CDNIS staff are forbidden from using personal accounts to share digital images of students or to communicate with students. If staff are using social media to communicate with students for school-related purposes (such as an instant messaging group), at least one other adult staff member must also be included.

Student Digital Policy
The Student Digital Images Safeguards Policy protects student anonymity online and allows parents to request the exclusion of their child's image from school marketing materials.

Web Content Filtering
The schools’ firewall prevents the community from accessing filtered websites while on campus. These filters are reviewed annually by the IT Department in consultation with the Child Protection Lead and principals. During the school year, teachers may identify specific websites and request that they be unblocked. These requests are sent to the Child Protection Lead for review and unblocked websites are added to a “whitelist”. The whitelist is reset annually in order to maintain ongoing review.

Definitions and Indicators of Child Abuse
CDNIS uses definitions for child abuse drawn from the definitions published by the ‘Canadian Red Cross’, the ‘National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’ (NSPCC) UK, and the ‘Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies’.

CDNIS defines child abuse as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. The definitions of these categories of abuse and indicators of abuse within these categories can be found in this document.

Procedures for Review of Child Protection Policies and Procedures
These policies and procedures will be reviewed annually by the Child Protection Lead and approved by the school’s Parent Liaison Committee and the Board of Governors.