The American School of Paris, in partnership with our parent community and external agencies, 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:
- Taking all reasonable measures to ensure that risk of harm to children’s welfare is minimized;
- This includes comprehensive background checks on all employees and subcontracted employees who are part of the ASP community.
- Training for all employees
- Taking all appropriate actions to address concerns about the welfare of children, working to international standards, as well as French 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’.