Draft Policy P.142.SCO Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Consultation Plan

The OCDSB has made a strong commitment to fostering safe and welcoming schools for students.  Part of this commitment has been ongoing work in preventing student sexual abuse and exploitation.  An important part of this work is the establishment of policies and procedures regarding student sexual abuse prevention to operate in tandem with existing policies on reporting and investigating allegations of student sexual abuse.  The District has a well-established process for reporting and addressing alleged misconduct by staff as outlined in procedure PR.542.HR Alleged Employee Misconduct Towards a Student.  The purpose of this proposed policy and future accompanying procedure is to further develop a culture committed to preventing abuse and misconduct.

The draft policy P.142.SCO, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention provides definitions of key concepts, outlines training requirements for staff, establishes process for reporting and addressing concerning behaviours, and sets the requirement for an annual declaration from staff.  The approval of a District policy aimed specifically at the prevention of student sexual abuse and exploitation will represent a significant step forward in the ongoing commitment to provide our students with the safest learning environments possible.

As part of this process, the OCDSB will be consulting with key stakeholders for recommendations and feedback on our proposed Child Sexual Abuse policy.

Who will be consulted:

While the public is welcome to participate, the consultation will be particularly targeted to: parents/guardians, school councils, Ottawa Carleton Assembly of School Councils, principals/vice-principals, federations, and agencies/associations specializing in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention.

How the consultation will be carried out:

Web-based notice/Web-based comments

Read the full draft policy.

Add your feedback and recommendations to the consultation. 

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