Commitment Statement

 QSI International School of Sarajevo is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all children. All teachers, staff members, parents and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

 QSI International School of Sarajevo provides a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and report suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect whenever the situation arises. 

 QSI International School of Sarajevo is committed to following Child Protection Policy and procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. 

 As a member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA), QSIS is a signatory to the CEESA Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement.

CEESA Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement

• Safeguarding and Child Protection is a priority for every CEESA School.

• CEESA commits to supporting school environments that safeguard children through both prevention and intervention.

• CEESA works in cooperation with international agencies to ensure standards associated with best practices are regularly reviewed, revised, and applied in all operations, activities, and events.

• CEESA leaders honor and uphold child protection guidelines and procedures, in partnership with all stakeholders in their respective school communities.

All CEESA schools will:

• Actively uphold the CEESA Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement.

• Implement School based Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies and Procedures that includes regular onsite training.

• Employ Safe Recruitment Practices consistent with Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies.

• Educate students and adults on Safeguarding and Child Protection.


Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum

There are many opportunities for children to learn about safeguarding and protection throughout the school day, and any opportunities to further discussions about relevant topics should be taken. However, to best protect students, the school must designate a time to teach several lessons on child safeguarding and protection to each class in the school, throughout the school year.

The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) developed a child protection curriculum guide, which outlines curriculum to be taught at each grade level. It should be used by teachers as a resource in lesson planning. The guide is available here: https://www.aisa.or.ke/images/CP_Handbook_Curriculum_Guidance_7July2016.pdf

In addition to using this curriculum guide, the iSafe curriculum that is already in use by QSI schools covers cyber-safety.

Topic

Lessons

Anti-Bullying

Anti-bullying can be taught in conjunction with the Success Orientations of Concern for Others and Kindness and Politeness.

Abuse and Safety

Lessons on abuse and safety can be linked to the Success Orientations of Trustworthiness, Responsibility, and Kindness and Politeness, and may also be covered in conjunction with health topics.

Cyber-Safety

Cyber-safety is covered in the QSI technology curriculum through the iSafe program (www.isafe.org). Each QSI school has a subscription to this program, and it is a required component of the technology curriculum.

Rights of Children and Youth

Lessons on children’s rights can be linked to Group Interaction, or taught as a separate topic during the homeroom/advisory period.

Identification of Protective Supports

Lessons on identifying people to turn to for help and support may be linked to Group Interaction, or taught as a separate topic during the homeroom/advisory period.

Consent

The meaning and significance of consent may be linked to Trustworthiness and Responsibility, or covered in conjunction with health topics.

For more information, click the following link. 

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum


 Child Protection Policy and Procedure

To view QSI International School of Sarajevo's Child Protection Handbook including policies and procedures, click the link below.

Child Protection Handbook