Abuse policy for schools in Abu Dhabi
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.