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Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Region 02
DIVISION OF ISABELA
DISTRICT OF SAN MANUEL
Malalinta Elementary School

SCHOOL- BASED CHILD PROTECTION POLICY


Child Protection Committee

School Details: MALALINTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: Malalinta, San manuel, Isabela 3317 Phillippines
ID No: 103715


Chairperson: MODESTA B. ENRIQUEZ, Ph.D
School Head, ESP-II
CP No: 09178163925
Signature:_______________________________

Vice-Chairperson: MARIBEL P. DULAY, Teacher III
Guidance Counselor
CP.No:
Signature:________________________________

President: ARCELIE A. PADUA, Master Teacher I
MES Teacher Association
CP No:
Signature:_________________________________

GPTA President: CATTLEYA B. TABANGCAY
General Parent-Teacher Association
CP No:
Signature:

President: MA. EVELYN D. ADLUZ
Supreme Pupil Government
CP No:
Signature:________________________________

Barangay Council: HON.DOMINGO MANARANG JR.
Barangay Council for the Protection of Children( BCPC)
Signature:________________________________

Schools District Supervisor: IRENEO V MINGMING
CP No.
Signature:________________________________

Date of Policy; June, 2014


Date of Next Review: June,2015









Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Region 02
DIVISION OF ISABELA
DISTRICT OF SAN MANUEL
Malalinta Elementary School

1. Safeguarding Policy for Malalinta Elementary School
The first priority of Malalinta Elementary School is the welfare of our children(pupils).
We are well-placed in protecting and safeguarding all of the children entrusted to our care
against any act of child-abuse, exploitation, violence, discrimination and other forms of abuse.
All teachers who work with children ( pupils) in Malalinta Elementary School must read
this policy within the framework of DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012.

2. This policy aims to:
Promote zero tolerance policy for any act of child abuse, exploitation, violence, discrimination,
bullying and other forms of abuse
Ensure that all necessary procedure for child protection is in place.
Identify key individual and their specific roles in the promotion of this policy
Ensure children (pupils) that the school head and the teachers are in the school who they can
approach if they are worried of something.

3. Principles
This schools shall be conducive to learning and children shall have the right to education free
from fear.
All children shall be protected from all forms of abuse and bullying to develop self-esteem and
self-confidence.
This school shall advocate a positive and non-violent mode of disciplining children to foster self-
discipline and to improve self-esteem;
Corporal punishment shall not be imposed on any child in this school for the purpose of
discipline, training or control
The school head shall take steps to prevent bullying and ensure that the appropriate interventions ,
counseling and other services are provided for the victims of abuse, violence exploitation,
discrimination and bullying
Pupils, students or learners shall respect the rights of others and refrain from committing acts of
bullying and peer violence
Parents shall be actively involved in all schools activities or events that raise awareness on
childrens rights, positive discipline, and the prevention of bullying.

4. Specific Areas of Concern
Bullying or Peer Abuse- refers to willful aggressive behavior that is directed towards a
particular victim, who may be outnumbered, younger, weak, with disability, less confident. or
otherwise vulnerable
Child Abuse- refers to the maltreatment of a child, whether habitual or not, which includes
any act by deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity
of a child as a human being; failure to immediately give medical treatment to an injured child
resulting in serious impairment of his or her growth and development or in the childs
permanent incapacity or death.
Child Exploitation- refers to the use of pupils for someone elses advantage which include
sending pupils for an errand during class hour which expose pupils to harm on his or her way ,
exposure to domestic violence by keeping pupils outside for longer period of time which
deprive him or her of learning development
Corporal punishment- refers to a kind of punishment or penalty imposed for an alleged or actual
offense, which is carried out or inflicted for the purpose of discipline, training or control by a
teacher, school administrator, an adult, or any other child who has been given or assumed authority
or responsibility for punishment and discipline.

Neglect- when pupils are deliberately and frequently left in their own during class hour, working
time or activity time; expose them to condition detrimental to their health as when they are forbid
to wear their slippers or shoes inside their classroom; neglect them extending their recess time by
staying outside doing unnecessary things.
Violence against children committed in schools refers to a single act or a series of acts committed
by school administrator and or teachers against a child which result in or is likely to result in
physical harm or suffering. It includes:
Physical violence- refers to acts that inflict bodily or physical punishment, beating,
slapping, hitting, choking or hair- pulling, pinching, terrorizing with threats, use of
excessive force in handling.
Emotional violence- is the persistent maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and
persistent effect on the childs emotional development, and may involve;
a. Conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate because they
cannot meet the expectations of their teachers.
b. Seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another
c. Serious bullying, causing children to feel frighten frequently.
Psychological violence- refers to acts or omissions causing or likely to cause mental or
emotional suffering of the child which includes intimidation, damage to property, public
ridicule or humiliation , deduction or threat of deduction from grade or merit as a form of
punishment, and repeated verbal abuse; the imposition of negative attributes on a child,
expression of persistent criticism, sarcasm, hostility or blaming; failure to show interest in
or provide age appropriate opportunities for the childs cognitive and emotional
development.

5. Disciplinary Measures
This school does not use physical intervention or corporal punishment but rather a
positive and non- violent approach of discipline which may take the form of an individual
training programlike counseling,skill training education and other activities that will enhance
his/her psychological, emotional and social well-being. Integration of value formation in the
different subject areas can also be undertaken to foster self-discipline.
Legal action can be taken against a teacher who had gone against this child-protection
policy.

6. Roles and Responsibilities
The Child Protection Committee who are working on or on behalf of children (pupils)
have a responsibility to protect them. They have specific roles and responsibilities under child
protection procedure. The names of those carrying out these responsibilities for this current year
are listed on the cover sheet of this document.
It is the role of the Child-Protection Policy Committee to ensure that the child protection
procedures are followed within the school; hence they should attend training about child
protection.
The school head as the chairperson shall be the first focal point of contact for parents,
pupils, teaching staff and external agencies in all matters of child protection.
In the absence of the same, the vice- chairperson can act upon all suspicion, belief and
evidence of abuse reported to her.
The committee should provide an annual report to the division office regarding relevant
issues and incidence of child abuse. They should also review this policy annually. The same
should provide the General Parents Teachers Association a copy of this School-Based Child
Protection Policy.

7. Child- Protection Procedure
In an instance when a member of the teaching staff is suspecting or hearing a complaint of abuse:
Must listen carefully to the pupil and keep an open mind. Staff should not take a decision as to
whether or not the abuse has taken place.
Must not ask leading questions, that is, a question which suggest its own answer.
Must reassure the person but not to give a guarantee of absolute confidentiality. The member of
the staff should explain that they need to pose the information to the chairperson who will ensure
that the correct action is taken.
Must keep a sufficient written record of the conversation. The record should include the date,
time and place of the conversation and the essence of what was said and done by whom and
whose presence. The record should be signed by the person making it which must be kept
securely and handed to the chairperson.
In other instances, a complaint of abuse should be reported immediately to the chairperson to
expedite action.
Parents will normally be kept inform of any actions to be undertaken under this procedure.
If the chairperson is concerned that disclosing information to parents put a pupil at risk, or is
against the will of the pupils wishes, she will take further advice from relevant professionals or
to teaching staff before making a decision to disclose or to discuss details with parents.
When an allegation or complaint is made against a staff, the chairperson should
immediately inform the teacher concern. In this case, detailed guidance is given to a teacher to
ensure that her behavior and action does not place a pupil or herself at risk or harm or of
allegation of harm to a pupil.
A pupil against whom an allegation of abuse has been made should be interviewed by the
Chairperson and guidance counselor and the school policy on positive and non-
violent discipline of children will apply.

8. Suspected harm From Outside The School
A pupil who disclosed to his or her teacher that she is suffering harm from outside the
school should be reported to the chairperson. During the interview, the chairperson should seek
information with tact and sympathy using open and not leading questions. A sufficient record
should be made of the conversation.

9. Confidentiality and Information Sharing
The school will keep all child protection records confidential allowing disclosures only to
those who need the information to safeguard and promote welfare of the pupils . The identity or
other informations that may reasonably identify the pupil whether victim or offender, shall be
withheld from the public to protect his or her privacy.
Similarly, no publicity should be given to any disciplinary action against a teacher during
the pendency of her case as provided for in Magna Carta for Public School Teachers.

10. Referral and Assessment
In all cases involving child abuse, the Child protection Committee (CPC) shall
accomplish the Intake Sheet ( Annex B). The school head as the chairperson may refer the victim
and the offender in extreme cases involving child abuse, etc. to the Local Social Welfare &
Development Officer(LSWDO) for assessment. The LSWDO should determine the appropriate
intervention.

11. Record keeping
To monitor the keeping , confidentiality and storage of records in relation to child
protection, these records should be stored in a file in the principals office.

12. Policy Review
The Child Protection Committee (CPC) is responsible for the annual review of this policy
and that the list of key persons on cover sheet is kept up to date.