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DO No. 40, s. 2012

DO No. 40, s. 2012

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MAY142012
DepEd0RDERNo.
40'
s.
2012
DEPEDCHILDPROTECTIONPOLICY
To:UndersecretariesAssistantSecretariesBureauDirectorsDirectorsofServices,CentersandHeadsofUnitRegionalSecretary,ARMMRegionalDirectorsSchoolsDivision/CitySuperintendentsChiefsofDivisionsHeads,PublicandPrivateElementaryandSecondarySchoolsAllOthersConcerned
1.
Fortheinformationandguidanceofallconcerned,theDepartmentofEducation(DepEd)issuestheenclosedcopyofthePolicyandGuidelinesonProtectingChildreninSchoolfromAbuse,Violence,Exploitation,Discrimination,BullyingandOtherFormsofAbuseentitled
"DepEd
ChildProtection
Policy."
2.
PursuanttoSection
26
thereof,thisDepEdOrdershalltakeeffectimmediatelyuponissuance.3.AllOrders,Memorandaandotherrelatedissuancesinconsistentwiththesepolicyandguidelinesaredeemedamendedaccordinglyuponitseffectivity.4.ImmediatedisseminationofandstrictcompliancewiththisOrderisdirected.
DR.~ISTROFSC
SecretaryEncl.:AsstatedReference:DepEdMemorandumNo.
297,
s.
2006
TobeindicatedinthePerpetualIndexunderthefollowingsubjects:LEGISLATIONSPOLICYPUPILSRULES
&
REGULATIONSSTUDENTSTEACHERS
SMA,DODepEcl.Child.ProtectionPolicy
1190-Apri123,2012
OepEdComplex,MeralcoAvenue,PasigCity1600"633-7208/6337228/632-13614636-4876/637-6209
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(EnclosuretoDepEdOrderNo.40,s.2012)
DEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONPolicyandGuidelinesonProtectingChildreninSchoolfromAbuse,Violence,Exploitation,Discrimination,BullyingandOtherFormsofAbuse
I.
GENERALPROVISIONSSection1.ShortTitle
ThisDepartmentOrdershallbeknownasthe"DepEdChildProtectionPolicy."
Section2.-StatementofPolicy
Pursuanttothe1987Constitution,theStateshalldefendtherightofchildrentoassistance,includingpropercareandnutrition,andspecialprotectionfromallformsofneglect,abuse,cruelty,exploitationandotherconditionsprejudicialtotheirdevelopment(ArticleXV,Section3[2]).TheConstitutionfurtherprovidesthatalleducationalinstitutionsshallinculcatepatriotismandnationalism,fosterloveofhumanity,respectforhumanrights,appreciationoftheroleofnationalheroesinthehistoricaldevelopmentofthecountry,teachtherightsanddutiesofcitizenship,strengthenethicalandspiritualvalues,developmoralcharacterandpersonaldiscipline,encouragecriticalandcreativethinking,broadenscientificandtechnologicalknowledge,andpromotevocationalefficiency.(ArticleXIV,Section3[2]).TheConventionontheRightsoftheChild(CRC)aimstoprotectchildrenfromallformsofphysicalormentalviolence,injuryandabuse,neglectornegligenttreatment,maltreatmentandexploitation,includingsexualabuse.ThesameConventionestablishestherightofthechildtoeducation,andwithaviewtoachievingthisrightprogressively,andonthebasisofequalopportunity,itobligesthegovernmenttotakemeasurestoencourageregularattendanceinschoolandreducedrop-outrates.Thus,itismandatedthatallappropriatemeasuresbeundertakentoensurethatschooldisciplineisadministeredinamannerconsistentwiththechild'shumandignity,andinconformitywiththeCRC.
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Towardsthisend,theDepartmentofEducation(DepEd),incollaborationwithitspartnersandstakeholders,shallensurethatallschoolsareconducivetotheeducationofchildren.Thebestinterestofthechildshallbetheparamountconsiderationinalldecisionsandactionsinvolvingchildren,whetherundertakenbypublicorprivatesocialwelfareinstitutions,courtsoflaw,administrativeauthorities,andlegislativebodies,consistentwiththeprincipleofFirstCallforChildren,asenunciatedintheCRC.Teachersandlearningfacilitatorsespeciallyinlearningcentersaretheirsubstituteparents,andareexpectedtodischargetheirfunctionsanddutieswiththisinmind.Inthisconnection,theFamilyCodeempowerstheschool,itsadministratorsandteachers,ortheindividual,entityorinstitutionengagedinchildcaretoexercisethespecialparentalauthorityandresponsibilityoverthechild,whileundertheirsupervision,instructionorcustody.TheDepartmentrecognizesthatcasesofabusemayariseasaresultofthedifficultsituationsfacedbyteachersandotherofficialswithinandoutsideschool.DepEdhasadoptedthepolicytoprovidespecialprotectiontochildrenwhoaregravelythreatenedorendangeredbycircumstanceswhichaffecttheirnormaldevelopmentandoverwhichtheyhavenocontrol,andtoassisttheconcernedagenciesintheirrehabilitation.Furthermore,thisDepartmentaimstoensuresuchspecialprotectionfromallformsofabuseandexploitationandcareasisnecessaryforthechild'swell-being,takingintoaccounttheprimaryrightsanddutiesofparents,legalguardians,orotherindividualswhoarelegallyresponsibleandexercisecustodyoverthechild.DepEdrecognizestheparticipatoryrightsofthechildintheformulationandimplementationofpolicies,andinallproceedingsaffectingthem,whethertheybevictimsoraggressors,eitherdirectly,orthrougharepresentative.Accordingly,thisDepartmentreiteratesazerotolerancepolicyforanyactofchildabuse,exploitation,violence,discrimination,bullyingandotherformsofabuse,andherebypromulgatesthisDepartmentOrder.
Section3.-DefinitionofTerms
A.
"Child"-
referstoanypersonbeloweighteen(18)yearsofageorthoseoverbutareunabletofullytakecareofthemselvesorprotectthemselvesfromabuse,neglect,cruelty,
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