For 20 years, ICMEC has been a leader in identifying gaps in the global community’s ability to protect children from abduction, sexual abuse, and exploitation, and expertly assembling the people, resources, and tools needed to fill those gaps.

The International Child Protection Task Force's fine work is being housed on the website of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children on a separate portal (Education Portal): www.icmec.org/education-portal/ 

 

Prioritize Child Protection in Onboarding, Induction, and Staff Professional Development

Here are the highlights (August 2020):

In addition to safer hiring protocols and background checks on all employees, schools should:

* Confirm identity - confirm all names employees have used previously (birth certificates and academic transcripts), check validity of documents in person. This includes back pages of US passports which may have sex offender registry information.
* Conduct social media searches in home language on all employee names with applicable modifiers: teacher, child protection, safeguarding

Ensure staff training covers school policies and procedures around: mandatory reporting and first responder to disclosure; signs and indicators of abuse; and risk assessment which includes identification of vulnerable children and professional codes of conduct and remote learning expectations.

 

Prioritize Student Wellness and Safety

Use this opportunity to implement or publicize:

* Parent outreach and support
* Multiple reporting pathways including anonymous reporting
* Contact information for local and online support for a variety of concerns including domestic violence, substance abuse, etc.
* Small group or advisory check ins with student abuse prevention education around abuse topics: child rights, body autonomy, consent, trusted adults and reporting persistence and online abuse prevention.
* Response team training on allegation protocol and case review.

 

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