Child protection committee and centre
Ministry of Interior (MoI) established the Higher Committee for Child Protection in 2009 and the MoI’s Child Protection Centre in 2011 to undertake the role of developing, implementing and customising the initiatives and processes aiming at providing safety, security and protection for all children living in the UAE or even those coming as visitors. The committee plays a key role in maintaining the safety of children, because achieving justice and protection for children is a shared responsibility.
An awareness campaign under the name 'Together to Prevent Child Abuse' was launched to raise community awareness and educate parents and teachers through seminars, courses and a media campaign about the various forms of child abuse and the ways to prevent it.
Hotlines and apps
As per MoI, it is a legal obligation to report any suspected child abuse. You can report child abuse to MoI through the hotline number 116111.
You can also report child abuse or neglect through the MoI’s Child Protection Centre's website and the 'Hemayati' (Arabic for protect me) smart phone application which is available on Android and iOS.
Schoolchildren can use the hotline number 80051115 to communicate directly with Ministry of Education regarding any issue that may affect their learning process. Education specialists supervise the hotline.
Culture of safety at schools
Ministry of Education is an official trainer as per Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IoSH) which is the chartered body for health and safety professionals. The main target is to change students' behaviour towards health and safety, making it a part of their culture and if they encounter any danger, crisis, or a hazard they can deal with it smoothly.
Banning corporal punishment
Ministry of Education aims to establish mutual respect between teachers and students, to support modern educational methods and banning corporal punishment and behaviour that are contrary to the UAE's traditions and customs.
Teachers’ code of conduct
Ministry of Education is working on a new code of conduct and ethics for teachers. It will outline teachers' obligations and rights in both public and private schools adopting the ministry's curriculum. The code complements the behavioural regulations, which the ministry has issued for teachers.
Several initiatives were launched across the country to ensure a safe transportation for students. These include:
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