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Policy in Child Protection in Schools

Ministry of Education, National Heritage, Culture & Arts Government of Fiji Country Resources Child and Youth General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards Fiji 12 October 2012 Policy document child/youth protection, education, human rights

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This policy confirms the Ministry of Education, National Heritage, Culture & Arts (herein after abbreviated to MoE) zero tolerance on abuse, child labour trafficking, neglect and exploitation of children. It also provides a framework for the protection, identification, managing and reporting incidents of child abuse in schools, religious establishments, social centres and wherever organized educational programmes are conducted so that delivery of MoE mission is realized.

This policy translates the mission as MoE’s commitment to:
a. the well-being, safety, respect and dignity of children
b. the creation of a fun and safe learning environment for all children regardless of age, culture, ability, gender, language, ethnicity and religious belief
c. take all rational steps to protect children from harm, bias and humiliating treatment
d. respect their rights, wishes, sexual orientation and feelings
e. ensure students are not discriminated against poor performance
f. ensure all doubts and allegations of abuse will be dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner
g. employ officers and teachers who are qualified, registered and suitable for their responsibilities
h. engage children and parents in making schools a safe place for children
i. assist individual schools in developing and enforcing their own child protection policy.

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