All children have a right to be treated fairly. This right was referred to by the Prophet (saw) in the saheeh hadeeth:
“Fear Allah and treat your children fairly”
(Narrated by Al-Bukhari, 2447; Muslim, 1623).
Leadership and Student Welfare Commitment
We, the leaders at Al-Taqwa College have a strong commitment to child safety and strive to uphold the policies and practices which aims to keep every child safe from any harm, including abuse.
We, the leaders at Al-Taqwa College agree, believe and support in a safe and nurturing culture for all children at Al-Taqwa College by:
• To primarily uphold the safety and wellbeing of our students
• Creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing culture
• Regularly reviewing all child safety policies, processes and practices
• Assisting in the Empowerment of our students and give them an opportunity to voice their opinions, concerns or to be a part of the decision-making processes
• To provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand and maintain their personal safety and wellbeing
• Implement rigorous risk-management and employment practices by ensuring our staff are given sufficient training, knowledge and support in issues relating to child safety standards
• A commitment to a zero tolerance of child abuse
• Treating all allegations and safety concerns very seriously and consistently in line with our child safety policies and procedures
• Supporting and respecting all children regardless of their race, religion, cultures and/or disabilities
• Being committed to regularly being proactive in the risk assessment of potential harm of our students and identifying, removing and or reducing risks
• Ensuring as part of the recruitment process, all prospective staff are screened to the best of our abilities
• Being committed to promote physical, emotional and cultural safety for all children
• Being committed to provide a safe environment for all children
• Being committed to actively listen to and empower children
• Ensuring that all allegations are treated honestly, impartially and confidentially
Child Safety Seminar
A parent seminar was held on Monday 22 August by the Child Safety Committee to discuss the new Child Safe Policies and how they apply to Al-Taqwa. The seminar explained why new Child Safety legislation has been introduced and how Al-Taqwa’s policies and procedures will be updated to ensure that Al-Taqwa exceeds the requirements for Child Safe Policies. Parents also had the opportunity to contribute to the discussion on improvement towards child safety and child empowerment – thanks to parents on their attendance and contribution.