CAISL has a member of its professional staff who serves as our "Child Protection Officer." This person is responsible for providing guidance and legal compliance in individual situations as well as oversight of processes and procedures with the goal of ensurring that CAISL students are safe from all forms of abuse and neglect.
CAISL's "Child Protection Officer" is Ms. Sonia Almeida, Student Support Services Coordinator and Secondary Counselor. She is assisted by Ms. Sarah Bento, Elementary Counselor. Should you have concerns that any CAISL student is being abused or neglected, you may contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another important aspect of Child Protection is ensuring that all employees, including those who work for CAISL via "outsourced" companies, and other adults who volunteer on a regular or frequent basis have the legally required "background" check, regularly updated, and are cleared to "work with minors.
Everyone who works on behalf of CAISL with our students, paid or voluntary, must have on file a "Criminal Record Clearance" specifically for "work with minors." This includes:
- All CAISL employees
- All out-sourced workers (such as bus drivers/monitors; catering, cleaning staff, guard, nursing services)
- Substitute teachers
- Tutors and after-school program providers
- Tournament referees
- Parents who volunteer in classrooms or in the library or in any other capacity directly with students on an on-going basis.
- Parents who open their homes to visiting High School/Varsity athletes from other schools. Alternatively, Parents who host may house 2 visiting athletes from guest schools which results in the Criminal Record Clearance not being required.
A major step in the process of hiring personnel, including new teachers coming from outside of Portugal is securing this “Criminal Record Clearance.” Those coming from outside Portugal are required to provide this document in advance of hiring from their home countries (for American citizens, this means an FBI clearance). Those permanently based in Portugal do this through local authorities. The hiring process for all staff, including teachers coming from abroad, includes checking with previous employers about the conduct as well as the professional skill and attitude of the applicant for a CAISL position.