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THE CHILD PROTECTION POLICY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

STATISTICS

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CHILD ABUSE AND RELATED COMPLAINTS REFERRED TO CENTRAL OFFICE AS OF AUGUST, 2010 TO PRESENT

Physical, Verbal and Sexual Abuse and Violence inflicted by Teachers & Other School Personnel

A. 3 out of 10 children in Grades 1-3 and almost 5 out of 10 from high school experience physical violence (such as pinching and hitting) committed by teachers; B. Approximately 4 out of 10 children in Grades 1-3 and 7 out of 10 in higher grade levels have complained of verbal abuse by their teachers; 36.53 % of children in Grades 4-6 and 42. 88% of high school students surveyed indicated they have experienced verbal sexual violence in school and 11.95% of children in Grades 4-6 and 17.60% of high school students have experienced inappropriate touching. •Source: “ Towards A Child –Friendly Education Environment”, PWU-

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CWC- UNICEF for Plan Philippines in 2009

Physical, Verbal and Sexual Abuse and Violence Among Children , (i.e. Bullying, etc.) A. 73.58% of children in Grades 4-6 and 78.36% in high school surveyed in urban areas have suffered verbal abuse violence from their peers; 30.17% of children in Grades 4-6 and 37.57% in high school surveyed in rural areas have experienced physical abuse or violence committed by their peers; 26.74% of children in Grades 4-6 and 43. 71% in high school in urban areas surveyed have experienced verbal sexual abuse committed by their peers and 9.65% of Grades 4-6 and 17.71 of high school students experienced inappropriate touching. •Source: “ Towards A Child –Friendly Education Environment”, PWU-

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CWC- UNICEF for Plan Philippines in 2009

MANDATE


Art. XV. Sec. 3(b). 1987 Philippine Constitution: “the State shall defend the right of children to assistance, including proper care and nutrition, and special protection from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation and other conditions prejudicial to their development…” Article XIV, Section 3, (b): “ all educational institutions shall inculcate patriotism and nationalism, foster love of humanity, respect for human rights…”





Article 218, 220, 233 of the Family Code of the Philippines and PD 603

“gives the school, its administrators and teachers, or the individual, entity or institution engaged in child care the special parental authority and responsibility over the minor child while under their supervision, instruction or custody”….. “Authority and responsibility shall apply to all authorized activities whether inside or outside the premises of the school, entity or institution….”

DECLARATION OF POLICY



Deped shall ensure that our schools are conducive to the education of children. The best interest of the child shall be the paramount consideration in all decisions and actions involving children. Teachers are their substitute parents and are expected to discharge their functions and duties with this in mind. DepED shall promulgate a zero tolerance policy for any act of child abuse, exploitation, violence, discrimination, bullying and other forms of abuse.



OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS OF THE POLICY


1. Goal: effective implementation of a zero tolerance policy for any act of child abuse, exploitation, violence, discrimination, bullying and other forms of abuse.

2. PROHIBITED ACTS
1. Child abuse;
2. Discrimination against children; 3. Child Exploitation; 4. Violence Against Children in School; 5. Corporal Punishment; 6. Any analogous or similar acts; and 7. Bullying or Peer Abuse



“Violence against children committed in schools” - refers to a single act or a series of acts committed by school administrators, academic and non-academic...
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