American School of Paris - Safeguarding Statement

 

SAFEGUARDING


Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Dan Kerr, Lower School Director
dkerr@asparis.fr
+33(0)1 41 12 86 55

 

Safeguarding Statement

The American School of Paris (ASP), in partnership with our parent community, is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of our young people.  We expect all ASP community members including administrators, faculty, staff, trustees, and volunteers to share this commitment. We believe that our children have a right to grow in a supportive, caring, and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse and other safeguarding concerns. School personnel are vigilant for signs of any young person in distress and are confident about applying our safeguarding processes to intervene when necessary. Our child safeguarding policy and procedures are in accordance with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, endorse the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which France is a signatory, and in accordance with French law.

Child Protection Policy

There are two key aspects to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children:

  1. Take all reasonable measures to ensure that risk of harm to children’s welfare is minimized; and
  2. Take all appropriate actions to address concerns about the welfare of children, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies

The ASP Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedure clearly outlines the arrangements ASP has in place to provide for both aspects of safeguarding. The measures described in this policy should be applied in all settings, including professional and personal interactions with students and primary caregivers and are relevant to all adults who are in contact with children directly or indirectly and who undertake paid or regular volunteer work for ASP, or deliver services as part of a contractual agreement with an external organization. For the purposes of this document, this group of individuals is referred to by the term ‘employees’.

Jane Larsson, the Executive Director for the Council of International Schools commends ASP our ongoing commitment to protecting our students. The work of ensuring child safety at school is difficult and sobering, but Ms. Larsson notes that in all of the child protection efforts she guides around the world, "what sustains me in this work [are the] people who are determined to make their school communities safer places... In 2018, the American School of Paris did just that as you called together your entire faculty to take part in specialist child protection training––to better understand the risks and the behavior that leads to abuse. Your school leaders continue to focus on this work, now seeking expert training to learn more about peer-on-peer abuse among students, the patterns and effective strategies to address it. This visible commitment to learning at all levels of your school community sustains and motivates me as we continue our challenging work––to continually improve the lives of young people. After all, no one has a better chance to address this than educators, people like you who have devoted your careers to the students you serve."