Child Protection at ACS
ACS Beirut has adopted a Child Protection Policy to guide our staff and families in matters related to the health, safety and care of children in attendance at our school. The ACS Child Protection Policy is based on international law, Lebanese law and on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of which Lebanon is a signatory. The two key articles we wish to draw your attention to are:
- Article 19 - Protection from Abuse and Neglect - The State shall protect the child from all forms of maltreatment by parents or others responsible for the care of the child and establish appropriate social programs for the prevention of abuse and the treatment of victims.
- Article 34 - Sexual Exploitation - The State shall protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse, including prostitution and involvement in pornography.
By enrolling your child at ACS, you agree to work in partnership with the school and abide by our policies. All of us at ACS want you to know that we genuinely value our partnership with you in providing for the safety and care of your children.
As part of our overall educational programs and specific to our shared responsibility to educate children, to protect them, and to learn and grow in a safe environment, we will:
- Provide age appropriate lessons for all grade levels to help students understand personal safety, needs and rights.
- Provide parent materials and information sessions to help you better understand our programs and policy.
- Annually train faculty to recognize and report issues of abuse and neglect.
We will work together with you to ensure that our children are safe and are knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities to themselves and to each other so that they can grow and learn free of fear in a safe and supportive environment. We partner with a number of local institutions, such as Himaya and AUBMC, to support our programs and seek best practices in safeguarding our children.
We thank you for your support of our efforts and invite you to contact your school counselors or principals regarding any specific questions you may have in this regard.
For further information, please refer to the sources below: