Our primary concern at Escuela Campo Alegre is the well-being and safety of our students. As we are confident the systems in place assure the safety of students currently at ECA, we are continuously working to review and revise our policies and procedures in this regard.
All teachers at our school are required to possess a valid teaching certificate. In order to obtain a certificate, teachers in most countries must pass a government background check. In addition, we require a police report on every adult employed at ECA. Finally, we not only require confidential written references for all employee candidates, but also communicate directly with previous references to ensure there are no concerns not addressed in the written references.
- We have a code of conduct for teachers and other adults working with students which defines appropriate interactions with students. This is signed by faculty annually.
- We have a method communicated to students, staff and parents to report inappropriate activity / behavior, as well as procedures for investigating these reports. This is available on our web site.
- We have put in place age appropriate curricular lessons for all age groups to teach students about child safety.
- We have parent teas to educate parents about child safety concerns and help them talk to their own children.
- We are developing annual workshops for faculty on child safety.
- We have a child protection team that is tasked with overseeing the above.
- Finally, we have begun working with an organization called Keeping Children Safe, based in the United Kingdom. They are an organization created in 2001 by some of the leading international development agencies in an effort to improve safeguards for children. They have “developed an extensive set of standards that describe safeguarding measures organizations working internationally should have in place.” They will assist us in a self-study process that identifies where we are now and what we need to do to improve.