Abuse pol­icy for schools in Abu Dhabi

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All Abu Dhabi school pupils un­der the age of 18 are cov­ered by a new child pro­tec­tion pol­icy, ac­cord­ing to Abu Dhabi Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil (ADEC). The ed­u­ca­tion reg­u­la­tor said yes­ter­day that the pol­icy cov­ers pri­vate and pub­lic schools and has been de­vel­oped in re­sponse to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Fed­eral Law No3 of 2016 on child pro­tec­tion, known as Wadeema’s Law. The pol­icy aims to ap­ply in­ter­na­tional stan­dards on pro­tect­ing pupils against all forms of abuse and ne­glect, ADEC said. Ac­cord­ing to the pol­icy, abuse refers to phys­i­cal, emo­tional and sex­ual abuse and corporal pun­ish­ment, in­clud­ing bul­ly­ing, ex­ploita­tion and ne­glect. The pol­icy came into force from the start of the 2016-2017 aca­demic school year, with in­struc­tions on how in­di­vid­u­als can re­port an al­leged abuse or ne­glect case dis­trib­uted. Ali Al Nuaimi, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of ADEC, said: “School prin­ci­pals, school staff, ADEC em­ploy­ees and par­ents are all re­spon­si­ble for re­port­ing sus­pected cases of child abuse and ne­glect. Pro­tect­ing our chil­dren is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the com­mu­nity at large.” Sus­pected abuse can be re­ported by call­ing 116 111 or via adec.ac.ae.

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