MBIS is committed to the safety and well-being of all children. As a school that prioritizes strength and growth through community, we must ensure that all students thrive within a safe, positive, and caring environment.
Every year, “up to 1 billion children experience some form of physical, sexual or psychological violence or neglect” (WHO, 2019). As schools play a central role in the lives of children, educators must remain active and vigilant to prevent harm. In accordance with Japanese law (Act on the Prevention, etc. of Child Abuse, Act No. 82 of 2000), the school and its employees must act promptly if child abuse is identified. We are legally and morally bound to protect the welfare and rights of our students.
MBIS is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS), and endorse its Statement on Child Protection:
In accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Articles 19 and 34) the Japan Council of International Schools acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We are committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflecting statutory responsibilities, government guidance, and compliance with best practice and accrediting body requirements.
Each JCIS school has the following: Staff Code of Conduct; Effective recruiting practice with a specific attention to child protection; Reporting Guidelines; Ongoing child safety education for school community; Published child protection policy to both internal and external audiences
The MBIS Safeguarding Policy codifies our school’s commitment to protecting all children from all forms of abuse. It serves to support and protect our students; utilizing both preventative measures and a systematic approach to assessing and responding to potential cases of abuse.