Duties, responsibilities of schools-A A +A
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Atty. Maria Dee A. Seares-Del Rosario
Protecting women and children
IN LINE with the zero tolerance policy of the Department of Education for any act of child abuse, exploitation, violence, and discrimination, it laid down the Child Protection Policy (CPP). In order to ensure a successful implementation of this policy, the cooperation of the schools and school heads are obligatory. Under the CPP, the school heads shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
A. Ensure the institution of effective child protection policies and procedures, and monitor its compliance;
B. Ensure that the school adopts a child protection policy;
C. Ensure that all students, school personnel, parents, guardians, and visitors are
made aware of child protection policy;
D. Organize and convene the Child Protection Committee for the school;
E. Conduct the capacity building activities for the members of the Child Protection Committee and Guidance Counselors/Teachers, the training and capability-building activities on child protection measures;
F. Conduct disciplinary proceedings in cases of offenses committed by students;
G. Ensure that the participatory and other rights of children are respected and upheld
in all matters and procedures affecting their welfare;
H. Maintain a record of all proceedings related to bullying or peer abuse and submit after each school year to the Division Office the report and a copy of the intake form;
I. Ensure that the school adopts a student Code of Conduct to be followed by every student while on school grounds, or when traveling to and from school, or during a school-sponsored activity, and during lunch period, whether on or off campus;
J. Adopt conflict resolution mechanisms that respect the rights of indigenous peoples, provided that they conform to this Department Order and they uphold the rights of the child;
K. Coordinate with the Department of Social Welfare and Development or, the appropriate government agencies or non-governmental organizations on a Child Protection Hotline for assistance and intervention, reporting abuse, violence, exploitation, discrimination, bullying and other similar acts and for counseling;
L. Ensure that all incidents of abuse, violence, exploitation, discrimination, bullying and other similar acts are addressed in accordance with the provisions of this Department Order (Section 7, D.O. No. 40, Series of 2012).
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Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 07, 2013.