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Teachers

Safety and Protection are among the primary factors parents consider when they send their children to your institution. As a caregiver or a teacher, children trust you unconditionally. In many instances, children open up to you about their issues even before they talk to their parents. Safeguarding this trust is your responsibility.

This page can guide you and your institution in setting up a child protection mechanism in your schools. Some of the resources are designed to support you as you try to deal with sensitive issues such as bullying and abuse. They will help you to understand the child’s needs and guide your response to the situation.

IS YOUR INSTITUTION SAFE FOR CHILDREN?

In light of recent publicity around instances of sexual offences against children in schools, parents and other stakeholders have realised the need for every school and childcare institution to have a child protection policy that is strictly implemented.

A Teacher’s Handbook To Child Protection

Teachers play a major role in ensuring that children grow up with safety and dignity in a protective and nurturing environment.  The following guidebook by UNICEF and Ministry of Women and Children Development, India intends to make you as a teacher aware of the spectrum of issues that are being faced by children in… Know More »

How to create a Safe and Welcoming School Environment

Creating a welcoming school goes hand-in-hand with safety. It can help foster a child’s motivation to learn. The International Bureau of Education along with UNESCO have released a helpful booklet on the subject of creating a safe and welcoming school.  A summary of the document has been reproduced below:-

Why We Need Sex Education in Indian Schools?

A blog by Ketaki Chowkhani “It is important today to talk about sexuality education and to ask ourselves the following: what is the connection between the present resistance by government bodies, schools, parents, right-wing parties, and religious groups to sexuality education and sexual violence and the production of rape cultures?

Safety Checklist For Institution

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Background check and police verification of all staff members and management of schools and child care institutions. This     includes agencies who have been contracted for transport, cleanliness etc.

1361801780_monotone_check_yes_okA full time counsellor and a child protection officer in your institution who are dedicated to overseeing any form of violation of the child protection policy and provide immediate assistance to students.

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Regular training of all staff members including the management on child protection from sexual offences

1361801780_monotone_check_yes_okTeachers must take monthly sessions on personal safety with all children (this includes online safety). Talking about sex, sexuality and prevention of sexual abuse should be part of your school activities. Please refer below for details.

1361801780_monotone_check_yes_okEngaging in active dialogue with parents on issues of personal safety of children will help you ensure that parents are aware of the issues faced by children at school or in their homes.

Talking Body, Body Parts and Sexuality

Some basic pointers to keep in mind while talking body, body parts and sexuality in the classroom Don’t isolate the subject and treat it as a ‘special class’. Weave it into the fabric of the curriculum and classroom. Be Prepared. Be Confident. Be Composed. You don’t need to teach the… Know More »

Understand Age Appropriate Sexual Behavior of Children

It is a common myth that children do not have sexual feelings or are not curious about sex and sexuality.

Recognise Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse

There is a list of warning signs that you need to look out for if you suspect a case of child sexual abuse. Usually, the presence of more than one sign at a time can be indicative of sexual abuse. The following list was adapted from the ‘List of Warning Signs’… Know More »

What to do when a Child tells You about Abuse

When a child chooses to tell you about an incident of sexual abuse, your immediate reaction is key to the child’s safety, well-being and recovery.

Your Responsibility under The Law (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences, 2012)

• It is an AGGRAVATED OFFENCE if the perpetrator of sexual abuse is a staff or management of any educational institution or any other place of custody or care and protection for children.