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Child Protection

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As indicated on the main NIST website and throughout the process of your application, our community identifies child safeguarding as a paramount concern. You will complete a full training session at the school to help you understand our policies in this area, as well as best practices. However, prior to your arrival, we encourage you to review the following information, drawn from the NIST Child Safeguarding Handbook.

 

Statement of Intent

NIST is committed to child safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the broader sense, as well as child protection for students in specific need. The school expects those working with children, parents, and others who are connected with or supporting families to ensure the safety and protection of children, to promote their development and well-being, and give them the best opportunities based on the school’s mission and values. The policy applies to all NIST staff, including partners, associates, interns, contractors, consultants, guests and visitors, who must also adhere to the policy. The policy is supported by a process of procedures, risk assessment, and guidelines which identify risks and mitigating actions to be taken to minimize those risks in both school-based activities and those outside of school.

 

Child Safeguarding Policy

All staff employed at NIST must report suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect whenever there is reasonable suspicion to believe that a child has suffered, or is at risk of suffering, abuse or neglect. This policy defines abuse as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and neglect. Reporting and follow-up of all suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect will proceed in accordance with administrative regulations respective to this protocol. Furthermore, cases of suspected child abuse or neglect may be reported to the appropriate employer, to the respective consulate in Thailand, to the appropriate child protection agency in the home country and/or to local authorities. In enrolling a child at NIST, parents agree to work in partnership with the school and abide by the protocols adopted by the school. Our community genuinely values our partnership with parents in providing for the safety and care of all children. It is for this reason that NIST endorses a child protection protocol that defines the standards through which all NIST children should be treated with respect and dignity at all times.

 

Definitions of Abuse

Although definitions of abuse are complex this policy defines the categories of abuse as follows. Further detail is given in the NIST Child Safeguarding Handbook.

Physical abuse is:

  • Inflicting physical injury on a child by other than accidental means; causing skin bruising, burns or disfigurement; impairment of physical or emotional health; loss or impairment of any bodily function; or death
  • Creating a substantial risk of physical harm to a child’s bodily functioning
  • Committing acts that are cruel or inhumane regardless of observable injury. Such acts may include, but are not limited to, instances of extreme discipline, demonstrating a disregard for a child’s pain and/or mental suffering
  • Assaulting or criminally mistreating a child as defined by either the criminal code or school policy
  • Engaging in actions or omissions resulting in injury to, or creating a substantial risk toward the physical or mental health or development of a child
  • Failing to take reasonable steps to prevent the occurrence of any of the above

Neglect is the failure to provide for a child’s basic needs within their own environment. Neglect may be:

  • Physical (e.g., failure to provide necessary food or shelter, or lack of appropriate supervision, including leaving children unsupervised at home for any extended period of time) Note that should parents/guardians leave the country for any reason, then the responsibility for informing the school of all appropriate contact details lies with the parent or guardian.
  • Medical (e.g., failure to provide necessary medical or mental health treatment)
  • Emotional (e.g., a pattern of actions, such as inattention to a child’s emotional needs, failure to provide psychological care, or permitting the child to use alcohol or other drugs. Specific examples may include verbal humiliation, refusing to acknowledge the presence of the child, invasion of privacy for no specific reason, violent threats, etc.)

Sexual abuse is committing or allowing to be committed any sexual offense against a child as defined in either the criminal code of the host country or school policy, or intentionally touching either directly or through clothing, the genitals, anus, or breasts of a child for other than hygiene or child care purposes.

Sexual abuse has some different characteristics of child abuse that warrant special attention. While physical abuse is often the result of immediate stress and not usually planned, sexual abuse requires planning with results that are more insidious. The planning, referred to as grooming, often results in victims accepting the blame, responsibility, guilt and shame for the sexual behavior of the offender. Sexual abuse requires far more secrecy than other forms of child abuse, making it more difficult to report. Many victims, through the process of grooming, are taught that the sexual behaviour is a form of love, tend to love their offender, and often present as happy and well-adjusted children with no negative symptoms because of their perception of being loved. Working with the sexual offender cannot be done by school counsellors.

Emotional abuse is the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child. It is also referred to as psychological abuse and can have a serious impact on a child’s emotional health and their development. Children who are emotionally abused will often also be experiencing another type of abuse or neglect. Emotional abuse can involve deliberately trying to scare or humiliate a child, isolating or ignoring them.

Reporting Suspected Cases of Child Abuse

When a child reports abuse or there is a reason to believe that abuse may be occurring, the NIST employee or another adult should contact a designated focal point as soon as possible. In the case of a child reporting abuse, adults should follow the protocol Listen-Believe-Report- Support.

  • Listen to the child.
  • Believe them and consider whether there is cause for concern.
  • Report to a designated focal point as soon as possible.
  • Support the school and the child in the relevant ways outlined in the child safeguarding procedures.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Thai Child Protection Act

NIST endorses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), of which Thailand is a signatory, and seeks to be a safe haven for children who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in any aspect of their lives.  This policy is based on international and national laws that protect children from harm notably the UNCRC and National Child Protection Act, B.E. 2546 (CPA), and also by international law in particular.

Conventions on the Rights of the Child
 

  • UNCRC Article 19: Protection from abuse and neglect

The State shall protect the child from all forms of maltreatment by parents or others responsible for the care of the child and establish appropriate social programs for the prevention of abuse and the treatment of victims.

  • UNCRC Article 34: Sexual exploitation

The State shall protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse, including prostitution and involvement in pornography.

  • Thai CPA Article 25

Parents or guardians are forbidden to treat a child in ways or manners which constitute unlawful caring.

  • CPA Article 26

A person is forbidden to commit or omit acts which result in torturing a child’s body or mind.

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