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    BCAD IN THE NEWS: LEADING THE WAY IN PUPIL WELFARE

    BCAD IN THE NEWS: LEADING THE WAY IN PUPIL WELFARE

    The following excerpt comes from a report in The National.

    Full story can be found here

    One school leading the way on child protection is Brighton College School, Abu Dhabi.

    Priya Mitchell, who worked in UK social services for 11 years and is now the school’s counsellor and child protection officer.

    “Before training, there was little understanding of child protection issues among police," Ms Mitchell said.

    “There was no real awareness of family dynamics that can lead to situations."

    The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children said it had 107 reports of abuse on 41 victims last year, 54 per cent of whom were female and 63 per cent of whom were Emirati.

    Abu Dhabi Education Council standards say every school, whether public or private, must bring in a child protection officer. In December 2014 a three-month programme gave every school in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain training.

    Ms Mitchell said that a dedicated hotline to report abuse was a big step but schools need to improve. “Training here at Brighton College is exceptional, rather than the norm," she said. 

    “At the moment, other schools are playing catch-up with new legislation. It is likely they will be getting far more referrals."