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Child Protection Regulations
UNIS Mission and Guiding Principles
"Our mission is to encourage students to be independent lifelong learners who strive for excellence and become responsible stewards of our global society and natural environment, achieved with a supportive community that values diversity and through a programme reflecting the ideals and principles of the United Nations."  

    The UNIS Child Protection Regulations work for the child, the family and the community.

    Research indicates that international communities are as prone to child abuse as communities in their home country. Child abuse is a multi-faceted issue that involves dynamics of the child, the family, and the community. The UNIS Child Protection Regulations work to respond at all three levels.

    THE COMMUNITY

    • at-risk characteristics include limited laws on child protection, limited resources to expat families, unusually high work stress placed on parents, acceptance of inappropriate behavior towards children (excessive corporal punishment), unusually high expectations placed on children to achieve

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    • strictly implements the Child Protection Regulations, trains teachers to recognize abuse, trains counselors in supporting families, trains and supports parents in protective behaviors, networks with community and health services for holistic referrals, networks with local authorities

    THE FAMILY

    • at-risk characteristics include parents under stress, families with perceived less support and access to resources, socially isolated, unusually high expectations placed on their children, parental history of inappropriate discipline as children

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    • works with parents to understand appropriate discipline, networks with community and health services, teaches parents child protection practices

    THE CHILD

    • at-risk children include those with difficult temperament, defiance, health issues, social or academic difficulties, and those unaware of their rights to protection

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    • promotes respect, study and social skills, teaches rights to protection, healthy relationships, assertiveness, using support systems

    “No violence against children is justifiable and all violence against children is preventable.”  Professor Paulo Pinheiro, UN Study on Violence against Children (2006)
    The UNIS Child Protection Task Force would like to acknowledge with gratitude many different schools and organizations which have been used as resources for the UNIS Child Protection Regulations.  Special acknowledgement goes to the Association of International Schools in Africa which has spearheaded the movement to create child protection regulations in international schools.  In addition, a substantial amount of information and materials were gleaned from the European Council of International Schools, UNICEF, and the Norfolk County Council (UK).  We hope that at some point that our website may also serve to help other schools develop and implement child protection regulations that meet the needs of their schools and local environments.