Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

The Foundation of the International School of Geneva subscribes to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which the host country Switzerland is a State party and commits to promote and defend the rights of its students to physical and psychological wellbeing.

Download our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and our Code of Conduct related to Safeguarding and Child Protection

  

Do you have a concern related to safeguarding or child protection at Ecolint?

Before making a report, it can be helpful to distinguish whether your concern is related to Child Protection or to Safeguarding. Child Protection relates to any situation in which a child is at risk of mental or physical harm, including harassment or discrimination, and it is important that these are addressed immediately. Safeguarding refers to general wellness, health and development: safeguarding concerns may include stress, conflict with peers or academic challenges that seem overwhelming, and may not require urgent intervention, but can be effectively dealt with by the school's pastoral team.

To report a child protection or safeguarding concern

If you are a staff member, student or parent, and have a concern about yourself (if you are a student) or any other child, you have a responsibility to report it. This can be done by sending an email to the campus-specific email address, below. Emails sent here are received by the School Designated Child Protection Leads. This procedure serves as a system of accountability for recording, archiving and acting upon the concerns. This is the best way of reporting a Child Protection concern and ensuring it is followed up on appropriately.

safeguarding.lgb@ecolint.ch  La Grande Boissière reporting email

safeguarding.cha@ecolint.ch  La Châtaigneraie reporting email

safeguarding.nat@ecolint.ch  Campus des Nations reporting email

If you are fairly certain your concern relates to Safeguarding, rather than to Child Protection, the ideal first point of contact is the pastoral care team in the relevant school division. This team of professionals is trained and available to help you.

Pastoral Care team members in all Ecolint schools are:

  • Class, Homeroom or Mentor Teacher
  • Head of Year
  • School Counsellor
  • Nurse
  • Psychologist
  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal

If you are a student and feel uncertain about contacting them directly, a parent or guardian can do this on your behalf.

External Support

EthicsPoint - Independent 24/7 hotline

If you are not confident reporting via the routes outlined above, Ecolint has also arranged for an independent organisation to assist you. While reports made to EthicsPoint will be shared with the school, no personally identifiable information will be shared without your consent. This hotline should not be used to report a Child Protection concern, as it makes it much harder for the school to intervene to protect the child who is at risk without being able to speak first hand to those who have information on the incident.