School Safety and Protection Policy (SSPP)

Making Our School a Safe Space

Our School Mantra, “Be Kind, Be Neat, Be Safe”reflects Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, affirming children’s right to dignity and protection from all forms of violence.

We prioritize the safety and well-being of our students above everything else. Our commitment to creating a nurturing and secure environment comes from our belief in the fundamental rights of every child.

Our Commitment to Child Protection

Protection from Abuse: Every child has the right to be safeguarded from neglect and abuse, whether physical, emotional, or sexual.

Safe Practices: We implement safe practices to minimize the risk of harm, accidents, or abuse within our school community.

Impact on Learning: Recognizing that abuse hinders learning, we prioritize creating a supportive environment where every child can thrive.

Confidentiality: We respect confidentiality in all child protection matters, ensuring privacy and dignity for all involved.

Safety Measures in Our School

Physical Safety: We aim to providea safe infrastructure for students and staff. Regular inspections and maintenance ensure that our school environment is free from hazards.

We prepare for emergencies by provide training to staff and conduct emergency/evacuation drills to ensure swift and effective responses by staff and students.

Emotional Safety: We conduct regular training for staff on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and anti-bullying to foster healthy identities, empathy, and supportive relationships among our students. Through awareness campaigns, project-based learning we promote a culture of kindness and unity.

We also provide a safe space such as, our Nurture Room where children can sign up and speak with a counsellor. Children who go home late on a regular basis are also provided after-school care. They are supervised and engaged as they wait in our Day Care Centre.

Our Social-Media Policy attempts to safeguard the privacy and safety of children and staff online.

Based on research and our core values, our Behaviour Guidance Policy aims to nurture a sense of agency, students’ self-esteem and confidence and guide staff on how to discipline students in a positive, constructive, non-threatening manner.

Reporting Abuse: We have a zero-tolerance policy towards child abuse. Any suspected incidences must be reported promptly to the Headmistress, ensuring confidentiality and appropriate action.

In the event of abuse, immediate steps are taken to protect and support the child and gather information. Confidentiality is maintained, and follow-up actions are determined to assist the child and family.

School Safety Survey: To assess the impact of our efforts and look at further improvements towards creating a safe environment, we conduct an anonymous, online School Safety Survey annually, from certain year groups to gather feedback from them about how safe they feel.

At the PECHS Girls’ School, the safety and well-being of our students are non-negotiable. We are committed to providing a nurturing environment where every child feels secure, valued, and empowered to thrive.