Schools must protect youth from sexual abuse and violence

Save the Children Philippines urges all public and private schools to act on the mounting complaints of sexual harassment and other forms of abuse and violence reportedly committed by faculty and school personnel against their students.

Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines, said schools are mandated to effectively adopt and implement their respective child protection policies to protect children and youth in school from all forms of abuse, violence, exploitation, discrimination, and bullying.

“Save the Children Philippines is supporting the students’ call for justice from their harrowing experiences of sexual abuse and violence allegedly committed by faculty and school personnel,” said Muyot and emphasized that “it is the duty of the Department of Education to ensure all schools are conducive to the safe learning of children.”

DepEd order no.40, known as “DepEd Child Protection Policy,” was issued in 2012 and mandates all schools, both public and private, to develop a policy and guidelines to protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment and exploitation, including sexual abuse in accordance to the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

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