Child Protection Policy

WE WORK HARD FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND

Every year we work with two million children and young people worldwide through our teaching centres and education projects. This figure grows to nine million if we also count those children and young people we work with indirectly in exams and cultural projects.

Every one of you is important to us and you can be sure that we value, respect and take care of you for your security and peace of mind. We recognise that your wellbeing is of the utmost importance and that you all have a right to be protected from any form of abuse or ill-treatment.

At the British Council our commitment to the protection of children and young people is shared by all of us in the organisation as well as by our partners and service providers.

We want all of you to feel safe with us at the British Council. Here are our commitments to you:

  • We listen to you
  • We select our professional staff with great care to ensure that everyone follows our systems and procedures in child protection
  • We give trustworthy advice to you and your parents or carers about the importance of being safe
  • We firmly believe that all of us are equal, no matter what race, religion, age, whether we have any form of disability or whatever socio-economic background we come from. We are all equal, and we all have the right to feel safe and protected.

If for whatever reason you feel that something is not right, your teacher or any other member of our staff will always be available to listen to you and help you.

British Council Anti-Bullying Policy

Please do not deal with bullying yourself in class. Tell a teacher.

Bullying does not just mean hitting. It can include:

  • name calling
  • deliberately excluding someone from the social group (e.g. not playing/working with someone or not letting someone sit with you)
  • spreading rumours about someone
  • taking someone’s things without permission
  • kicking, pushing, punching
  • saying nasty things to you
  • sending nasty text messages
  • using the internet to threaten you
  • and any number of other small cruelties

Bullying can be defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves.

BULLIES just want to make you scared of them. DON’T LET THEM SCARE YOU.

The British Council takes bullying behaviour very seriously.

  • It is important to us that every student who studies here can do so happily.
  • We always listen to students opinions about their courses.
  • We promise to investigate any problem seriously, discretely (you do not need to worry that the other students will know) and most of all fairly (we listen to everybody’s point of view).

If you are not happy we want you to tell us. First you should tell your parents. Then you should tell your teacher privately after class or in breaks. If you cannot speak to your teacher, there are other staff members who want to listen to you.

DO NOT KEEP IT LOCKED UP INSIDE

TELL SOMEONE LIKE YOUR PARENTS, YOUR TEACHERS, YOUR FRIENDS GET THOSE BULLIES OFF YOUR BACK

Also if you think that someone you know is being treated badly by other students we want you to come and tell us. Doing this shows great solidarity to your school mates and strength of character.