At Hanoi International School, we believe that we have a shared responsibility for protecting the students that attend our school. Every year, we help all of our teachers, teaching assistants, administrative staff, cleaners, bus drivers, security personnel, and bus monitors to understand the child protection processes and policy that we have in place at school.
During this annual professional development, we discuss our shared vision for child protection, we meet the team responsible for child protection, we consider signs that may indicate that a child protection investigation may be necessary and we look at what happens after a child protection referral is made.
All HIS teachers and teaching assistants have completed or are completing Level 2 Child Protection training through (ECIS) Educational Collaboration for International Schools.
On June 1st, 2017, Vietnam adopted a new law ensuring the enforcement of children’s rights in accordance with the spirit of the United Nations Conventions of the Rights of the Child. Accordingly, all staff uphold children’s right to safety and protection from abuse and will consistently and coherently respond every time we suspect a child’s rights are being denied.
As a busy and inclusive community, we often have visiting specialists, guests, tutors and prospective parents visiting our school whilst in session.
One initiative that we have launched at HIS is a multi-coloured lanyard system that indicates security documentation provided to the school, which then correlates with the level of access allowed to both the campus and our students.
One example of this is that all visitors must sign in and wear a red badge which restricts their access to public areas of the school only. All guests must be accompanied by a member of HIS staff for the duration of their visit.
We believe that one way we can provide excellence in international education is to educate our students about their bodies and their rights.
Every year we have assemblies for our Elementary and Secondary students in order to support students in being able to advocate for themselves and keep themselves safe.
Additionally, the social-emotional curriculum teaches these important ideas during homeroom time.
By helping students to understand their rights, as well as responsibilities, we hope to give each student a voice and instill an understanding that they must play an active role in keeping themselves safe. one priority.
An area of focus for our Health and Safety learning group this year has been to work with the HIS Transportation Manager in order to further develop a ‘Handbook of Procedures for Bus Drivers and Bus Monitors’.
The ‘Handbook of Procedures’ documents all processes, protocols and policies connected to keeping our students safe when travelling on the school bus.
The Health and Safety learning group will work with the Transportation Manager, the Bus Driver and the Bus Monitors in order to ensure that our practices are coherent and always have the students’ safety as our number one priority.