GIS believes that all students have the right to protection from abuse/harm. We are committed to protecting all students from physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse/harm, as well as neglect, and exploitation. We strive to maintain an environment in which all students, staff, and parents are treated with respect and dignity.
Grace International School (GIS) is an Associate Member of the Child Safety & Protection Network (CSPN). CSPN is a collaborative network of mission agencies, faith based NGOs, and international Christian Schools intentionally and strategically addressing the issues of child protection.
Definitions of abuse are complex in various cultures regarding child-rearing behaviors but it includes any action or lack of action resulting in harm or serious potential for harm. Harm is any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the student’s physical or emotional wellbeing. For the purposes of this policy, “child” or “student” refers to any current or former GIS student, regardless of age. Abuse/harm may be student to student or adult to student.
Non-accidental acts may include, but are not limited to, the following: slapping, punching, beating, kicking, biting, shaking, burning, holding underwater, pulling hair, or holding against one’s will.
The persistent emotional maltreatment of a student. Includes restriction of movement, patterns of belittling, intimidating, humiliating, scapegoating, threatening, scaring, screaming, blaming, discriminating, ridiculing or other non-physical forms of hostile or rejecting treatment.
Sexual abuse may take the form of verbal, visual, or physical. This includes but is not limited to:
Includes deliberate starvation, binge eating, excessive exercise, cutting, and the misuse of alcohol or drugs.
Neglect can include the failure, refusal, or inability of a parent or caregiver to provide a child with the basic elements needed for his or her proper growth and development, such as food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care and adequate supervision.
The abuse of power to exchange money or something of value for use of a student. This includes but is not limited to, sexual exploitation (ie selling of child pornography).
All GIS staff, school aides, overnight field trip chaperones, and coaches are screened through the following processes:
The Student Safety Director (SSD) in cooperation with the Superintendent will monitor student safety training for all staff in order to sustain compliance with CSPN standards.
The SSD will ensure all students receive annual, age-appropriate personal safety training.
Training for GIS staff, school aides, and coaches will be provided through video, in person, or in whole department meetings each year. The following aspects will be addressed:
All GIS staff, school aides, and coaches who work with students are considered mandatory reporters. Any mandatory reporter that suspects, has knowledge of, or witnesses child abuse/harm, or neglect, must email the Student Safety Director as soon as possible. The SSD will communicate with the Superintendent within 24 hours of receiving a report.
Any reporter, student or other, should report via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
There should not be any attempt by anyone to handle the situation privately or enter into any private agreement with the involved parties.
Parents will normally be informed if their child has been involved in a response. Mission organizations may be consulted and involved during this process.
2. If the person who potentially did harm is a student at GIS:
a.) The parents will be informed of the allegation and that a response has been initiated.
b.) The supervising agency field leader will be notified that a response has been initiated.
c.) The student will either not attend school or school functions, or the student will be monitored at school until the response is concluded.
3. If the person who potentially did harm is not GIS staff, school aide, or coach:
a.) If the person who did harm belongs to a mission organization, then the supervising organization field leader will be notified of the allegation and that a response has been initiated.
b.) If the person who did harm is a Thai National, the local authorities will be contacted.
c.) In the event that the person who did harm is a student from another school, the Superintendent or Principal of that school will be notified.
4. If the person who potentially did harm is a Thai national, the Superintendent will work in cooperation with the Thai Director of GIS.
5. If the person who potentially did harm is the Superintendent, GIS board member, Student Safety Director:
a.) A third party investigation team will be appointed as soon as possible.
b.) A third party inquiry team must include at least one outside professional, but preferably three, and should include at least one man and one woman.
A mandated reporter or other individual whose report turns out to be false is not liable for reports made in good faith. Liability will not incur unless it is proven that a false report was knowingly submitted or made with “reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of the report”.
A student who knowingly makes a false report is subject to disciplinary action.
An employee who knowingly makes a false report is subject to termination.
GIS is committed to taking all reports of abuse/harm to students seriously whether past or present. GIS will respond to reports of abuse/harm, no matter how old. Individuals who choose to come forward can do so knowing that GIS will listen to whatever experience they choose to share, will always take them seriously and will respond in the appropriate way to help ensure the safety of our whole community.