The QSI International School of Dili is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school.
Child abuse and neglect are concerns throughout the world, which can have serious short and long-term psychological and physical implications for victims. Child abuse and neglect are violations of a child’s human rights and are obstacles to the child’s education as well as to their physical, emotional, and spiritual development. The QSI International School of Dili endorses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), of which our host country, Timor Leste, is a signatory.
Schools fill a special institutional role in society as protectors of children. Schools need to ensure that all children in their care are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop, both at school and away. Educators, having the opportunity to observe and interact with children over time, are in a unique position to identify children who are in need of help and protection. As such, educators have a professional and ethical obligation to identify children who are in need of help and protection, and to take steps to ensure that the child and family avail themselves to the services available to remedy any situation that constitutes child abuse or neglect.
All staff employed at the QSI International School of Dili must report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect whenever the staff member has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered, or is at significant risk of suffering abuse or neglect. Reporting and follow up of all suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect will proceed in accordance with administrative regulations respective to this policy. Furthermore, cases of suspected child abuse or neglect may be reported to the appropriate child protection agency in the home country, and/or to local authorities.
The QSI International School of Dili seeks to be a safe haven for students who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in any aspect of their lives. As such, QSI Dili will distribute this policy annually to all parents and applicants, will communicate this policy annually to students, will provide training for all staff, will make every effort to implement hiring practices to ensure the safety of children, and will review the policy annually for compliance and effectiveness.
In the case of a staff member reported as an alleged offender, QSI Dili will follow a carefully designed course of due process, including cooperating with authorities and assisting with an investigation as appropriate, while maintaining the safety of the child as the highest priority.