CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

OPG World School is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of children. This policy aims to define the behaviours and actions that constitute child abuse. Additionally, it will lay out the organisations expectations for behaviour, the scope of application of the policy and guidelines for reporting and redressal.

1. What Constitutes Child Abuse? Child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s Mental/Physical health,  or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power(Source: A report of the consultation on child abuse prevention, WHO, Geneva, 29-31 March 1999, defines child abuse as).

OPG World School staff and students must be aware of the following types of abuse and understand that they are prohibited as per this policy.

  • 1.1. Physical abuse: The intentional use of physical force against a child that results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity. This includes hitting, beating, kicking, shaking, biting, strangling, scalding, burning, poisoning and suffocating.
     
  • 1.2. Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse includes the failure to provide a developmentally appropriate, supportive environment, so that the child can develop a stable and full range of emotional and social competencies commensurate with his or her personal potential and in the context of the society in which the child dwells. Acts include restriction of movement, patterns of belittling,  denigrating, scapegoating, threatening, scaring, discriminating, ridiculing or other non-physical forms of hostile or rejecting treatment.
     
  • 1.3. Sexual abuse:
     
    • 1.3.1. Sexual abuse is an act or behaviour which constitutes a sexual offence under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, as amended from time to time. Such sexual offences include sexual assault (including rape touching the private parts of a Child), sexual harassment (including stalking a Child, showing a Child pornography and making a Child exhibit his/her body) and using a Child for pornographic purposes.
       

2. CHILD PROTECTION POLICY  is applicable to all Staff and students of OPG World school.

3. EXPECTED CONDUCT

Expected Behaviour and Actions

   Prohibited Behaviour and Actions

Treat every Child with empathy and respect.

Do not use language or behaviour towards Children that is inappropriate, harassing, abusive, sexually provocative, demeaning, intimidating, offensive, discriminatory or culturally insensitive.

Ensure that physical contact with a Child is respectful, culturally appropriate and essential to the purpose of your interaction with the Child.

Do not use any form of corporal punishment on Children.

Establish an atmosphere that fosters the development of Children through your actions and words.

Do not place a Child at risk of harm or abuse and do not harm or abuse any Child physically, emotionally or sexually.

Always take permission from Children before taking their photos or videos.

Do not share with or show Children (electronically or in any other form) inappropriate content including pornographic material

 

Following committees are constituted for the grievance redressal :

  • ANTI BULLYING COMMITTEE
  • ANTI – SMOKING
  • DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
  • INTERNAL COMPLAINT COMMITTEE
  • POCSO

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