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SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE

Policy:

All students must be treated with dignity and respect and have the right to have their needs met in a safe environment free from sexual and abuse. Adults will be receptive and sensitive to students so that the students feel listened to and believed. The school will use the most appropriate agency for sexual abuse and the most appropriate agency for physical abuse and/or neglect. The Health Curriculum will provide students with the opportunities to increase their assertiveness skills in dealing with uncomfortable situations.

Procedures:

        I.            If student behaviour indicates potential abuse staff have a responsibility to take action.

         i.            Such action must include notification to the Deputy Principal. The Principal must also be informed.

       ii.            Staff must avoid interviews that invite or encourage disclosure.

      iii.            The Deputy Principal will evaluate the situation and if necessary consult outside agencies.

     iv.            If a student does converse with a staff member, the staff member must:

Affirm the student.

Record details of conversation that has taken place with the student.

Report the above to the DP. This will then be reported to outside agency, CYFS or Police if appropriate

       v.            All details of the referral to any outside agency must be recorded.

     vi.            If abuse is outside the home contact with CYFS/or Police and parents must be done concurrently.

    vii.            If a student is interviewed at school, a staff member whom the student has confidence in must be present.

  viii.            All interviews will be held in private.

Review

This policy will be reviewed as part of the Board’s cycle of review/schedule

Date of Approval __________________________________________________

Chairperson _________________________________________________