The British Council regards all students below the age of 18 as children, according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. We take our responsibilities towards the children in our care very seriously and we endeavour to make the British Council as safe as possible.
Child Protection Policy
The British Council affirms the position that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC, 1989. A child is defined in the British Council as anyone who has not reached their 18th birthday (UNCRC, 1989) irrespective of the age of majority in the country where a child is, or their home country. You can see the full information on our Child Protection Policy on the global website.
The British Council tries to ensure the entry and exit from our building is safe and secure as a part of our Child Protection Policy. Therefore we need guidance from parents / carers related to students’ exit at the end of classes.
All employees who work for British Council Young Learner Teaching centre have a legal obligation to report ‘Child Abuse Crimes’ in accordance with the law ‘Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Child Abuse Crimes’. We report when we find or suspect child abuse in accordance with the legal procedures. According to the ‘Child Welfare Law Article, ‘Child Abuse’ means, doing harm to a child’s health or welfare; or, committing physical, mental or sexual violence; or, inflicting cruel acts that are likely to impede the normal growth of a child. Also, “child abuse” includes abandoning or neglecting a child, by his/her guardian.
At the British Council Korea we want to provide a safe and happy environment for our students and staff. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at the British Council Korea. If your child is bullied or sees bullying, we encourage them to tell a teacher, someone in Customer Services or you. Any bullying will be taken seriously and dealt with promptly and effectively.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy commits us to ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender including transgender, HIV/AIDS status, marital status including civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, political opinion, race/ethnicity, religion and belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, spent convictions, trade union activity or membership, work pattern and on the basis of having or not having dependents or any other irrelevant grounds. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination recognizing such discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.