We put students at the centre of everything we do. Therefore, safeguarding and child protection are of paramount importance to every member of staff in British International College Cairo. We take our responsibility for safeguarding and child protection extremely seriously and make sure that these two cornerstones are at the top of our agenda in whatever activities we organise.
BICC’s Child Protection Policy draws upon duties conferred by the British Children Acts 1989 and 2004, The Children and Families Act 2014, S175 of the 2002 Education Act, the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and the guidance contained in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2015), the DfE’s statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (2015), Ofsted Guidance and the procedures produced by the London Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and the Southwark Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB).
The school is also guided by the standards for Independent Schools as set out in The Education (Independent Schools Standards) (England) Regulations 2014 (ISSRs) and by the Boarding Schools National Minimum Standards, Standard 11 (updated 2015) All adults working in the school must confirm they are aware of the system in place to support safeguarding. All concerns in that regards must be raised to the Designated Safeguarding Principal, who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, or a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Principal.
In circumstances where students get injured or are otherwise subjected to an accident or incident whilst they are the responsibility of the School,
parents will be notified of this as soon as possible and immediate action shall be taken by the school according to the health authorisation agreement signed by the parents upon enrolment.
Students are reminded in assemblies and in PSHE lessons to whom they are able to talk to in case of abuse threats and/or bullying and are encouraged to find a person they trust and to speak about issues worrying them.
Should parents feel the need to express any worries about the safety of their children within the school premises, they are encouraged to discuss such worries with the designated authorised persons and they should feel confident that the school administration will handle their complaints with the utmost seriousness and confidentiality.