Child Safeguarding is our Priority
Child abuse and neglect are concerns throughout the world. They are violations of a child’s human rights and are obstacles to the child’s education as well as their physical, emotional, and spiritual development.
At UNIS Hanoi, each child’s welfare is paramount. We act to ensure that our students enjoy the right to be protected from harm and exploitation, and to have their welfare safeguarded. We have a responsibility to protect and safeguard children and to advocate for their rights and safety in cases of suspected child abuse. UNIS Hanoi will take all necessary and legal steps to protect the child, and provide support for the child and their family. The protection and safeguarding of the child will remain the foremost concern.
As a United Nations founded institution, UNIS Hanoi endorses the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which our host country, Vietnam, is a signatory. The school strictly adheres to all applicable local statutes and international obligations with regard to child safeguarding.
1. Recognising, responding to, and reporting allegations and suspicions of child abuse and neglect
The school has a comprehensive and well-communicated process for reporting and action of concerns related to child abuse and neglect, with key faculty designated in roles of responsibility.
2. Screening and selecting staff, faculty, and volunteers
UNIS Hanoi practice a safe hiring regimen. Careful vetting and selection of new staff is an early and proactive measure to ensure the safeguarding of students. Potential employees are thoroughly screened with mandatory background checks to ensure that pose no threat to our students. Prior to commencing contract, staff are required to obtain police clearance/criminal record documentation issued by relevant authorities.
The School demands that contractors whose employees are on our campus conduct the same type of background screening that we do for our own employees.
UNIS Hanoi directors, employees, contractors and volunteers agree to abide by the school’s Code of Conduct with regard to proper interactions with students. Service Agreement documentation has been developed for all supplement workforce, including substitute teachers, ASA coaches, Community Programme instructors and interns. Police clearance and medical checks need to be submitted.
3. Training and education about child sexual abuse prevention
Specialised training for key faculty members as well as general training for all faculty on at least a yearly basis. Students receive age-appropriate instruction annually.
4. A Code of Conduct that guides interactions between adults and children
The Code of Conduct applies to all faculty, staff, employees, volunteers and students who represent the school and who interact with children or young people in both a direct and/or unsupervised capacity. UNIS Hanoi directors, employees, contractors and volunteers agree to abide by the school’s Code of Conduct with regard to proper interactions with students.
5. Connecting to local authorities and resources
UNIS Hanoi is committed to collaborating and partnering with local and international child safeguarding resources, including consulates and local government agencies.
The school promotes, reviews and updates its Child Safeguarding Programme on an ongoing basis. The administration will present the school’s Child Safeguarding Programme and Handbook to the Board of Directors for its review and endorsement once every three years, or as necessary.