ACS International Schools holds the welfare and safety of our students as its priority.
ACS is committed to ensuring that everyone is safeguarded from harm and protected from all forms of bullying, abuse, discrimination or harassment. We recognise that school plays a significant role in the prevention of harm to our students by providing them with effective lines of communication with trusted adults and supportive friendships. Our schools will, therefore:
Establish and maintain a community where students feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are always listened to.
Ensure that all students know there is an adult in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty.
Include across the curriculum and our pastoral programmes, the promotion of British Values, and opportunities which equip a student with the skills they need to stay safe from harm and to know to whom they should turn for help.
Promoting a culture of excellence in safeguarding
ACS ensures there are continuous development and improvement of our safeguarding policies and procedures to promote a culture of excellence in safeguarding. Staff undertake annual safeguarding training to effectively support a student if concerns arise to achieve the best outcomes for the student.
All staff are vigilant to signs of any student in distress and are confident about recognising specific thresholds of concern. Staff will always apply our safeguarding procedures where appropriate and will seek to alleviate any such concerns through early intervention.
Where there are concerns about a student’s welfare we may need to share information and work in partnership with appropriate support agencies (this may include the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, Police, CEOP or other external groups). We will ensure that these concerns are shared with parents/carers initially unless we have reason to believe that this information may place the student at risk. If a member of staff has concerns about a student’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report this to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads immediately.
ACS like many other schools in the UK have signed up to be part of Operation Encompass. The aim of this national initiative is to support students, in some situations, who have been party to domestic violence situations at their home address which has required the police to attend.
Visit www.operationencompass.org for more information.
ACS Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy
Parents and carers are encouraged to read the ACS Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Associated Policies.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
If you have concerns about the safety or well‐being of any student at our schools please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead: