Child-safe Schools and Churches Expand in The Church of Christ in Thailand

CWS Thailand | November 26, 2019

    Teachers and Child Safeguarding Team Staff at Naan Christian School. Photo: CWS

    Students hearing about The Church of Christ in Thailand child safeguarding initiative. Photo: CWS

    In early October, The Church of Christ in Thailand Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct project team visited Padungraat School in Pitsanulok Province in northern Thailand. Their mission was to support further development of their Code of Conduct for child safeguarding, which they had first drafted during the Writers’ Workshop in September.

    The school organized well for the visit. Not only did their Child Safeguarding Committee members greet the team; 20 teachers joined them. Their aim was to have more teachers understand child safeguarding policies and measures. Also, the Committee sought teacher feedback on the draft the Code of Conduct since they, the teachers, will be key partners in making it useful to the whole school community.

    To wrap up their visit, the team met with Committee members separately to explain self-evaluation criteria for the Code of Conduct and its roll-out in January 2020. All in all, a great deal was accomplished for the project and for the children of Padungraat School.

    At the end of October, the team travelled to Nan Province, which is also in the North, to visit with Child Safeguarding Committees in The Church of Christ in Thailand District 5 and the Nan Christian School. Both are now finalizing their Codes of Conduct by inviting members of their communities for feedback. Both Committees intend to roll out their Codes in early 2020, too. Because of its strong leadership and great initiative among its members, District 5 will be the first Church district, alongside many schools, to have formal child safeguarding measures ready to be followed with full understanding by Church leaders and member and their families.

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