CBSE Directs Schools To Train Staff Members On Prevention Of Child Abuse
CBSE has also issued a circular for its affiliated schools to ensure safety of children while on school campus. The circular follows in the footsteps of similar notice given by CISCE
to its affiliated schools. The circular comes in the wake of killing of a seven year old child in a Delhi School. In last few days, several other incidents of barbaric treatment and sexual abuse of school children on campus have been reported triggering a nation-wide debate if children are safe in school. The circular says that a school's duty is not only to ensure safety and security of students but also ensure that the teachers and staff members are acutely aware of the laws protecting the safety, security and interests of the students.
CBSE has asked schools to get a security/safety audit done of its premises and personnel from their respective local police station. The audit should be compiled and reported online on the CBSE website within two months of issue of the circular.
Schools have also been asked to install CCTV cameras at all vulnerable points of the premise and make sure that the cameras are up and running all the time. Schools are also required to get police verification and psychometric test done for all the teaching and non-teaching staff members.
The schools should ensure that all supporting staff is employed only through authorized agencies and a proper record for the same is maintained.
The schools are also to have a committee with parents, Teachers and Students as members. The committee would address needs for student safety and will operate in close contact with parents.
Schools have been asked to closely monitor and regulate the visitors from outside the school. It is also the schools responsibility to train its staff to protect children from any kind of abuse, mental or physical.
The Schools are also required to constitute separate committees for redressal of public/staff/parents/students grievances, Internal Complaints committee on sexual harassment and committees under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offence) Act, 2012. The details of these committees should be prominently displayed on the school noticeboard and website.
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