CHILD PROTECTION protects child
Prioritizing Your Child's Safety
BMS is committed to the prevention of child abuse and to the protection of children in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a signatory.
This commitment means that the interests and welfare of children are the School’s primary consideration when any decision is made about suspected cases of abuse or neglect. We ensure that all children in our care are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop. Educators, having the opportunity to observe and interact with children over time, are in a unique position to identify children who need help and protection. As such, we have a professional and ethical obligation to identify cases of neglect or abuse and to take steps to ensure that the child and family avail themselves of the services needed to remedy any situation that constitutes abuse or neglect.
Definition of Child Abuse and Neglect
BMS has a diverse community with multiple cultural beliefs, values and practices. To respect the global nature of the community, for the purposes of our child protection policy, the School has chosen to follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO's) definitions of abuse and neglect.
The WHO declares that:
“Child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, or negligent treatment, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development, or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust, or power.”
The pillars of child protection at BMS
Our first priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for students and the entire BMS community.
All BMS employees undergo regular background checks as a condition of their employment.
Every three years, all employees are trained on child protection issues by a qualified child protection consultant. All new employees are immediately trained.
Our Child Safety Committee is comprised of a representative from each division, and facilitates the swift response, investigation, and action regarding any instances of child abuse or neglect.