Safety and Security

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Your school cares deeply for your students’ safety. We help you develop the practical policies and protocols to help ensure safe environments and give you tools so that your staff is prepared when issues arise.

In addition, we provide Child Protection training for your staff so that all members of the community are focused on keeping children safe. ISS’s school management services include a network of experts who can immediately guide you through any situation, ranging from classic-school related issues, delicate stakeholder relations, and even more serious crisis management.
 

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Range of Services

Because we have seen a wide range of school risks – security threats, environmental and natural disasters, child predators, financial and compliance issues – ISS has developed a wide range of solutions. From child protection initiatives, to pool safety plans and nut allergy policies, ISS Child Protection and Compliance Division is a consolidation of resources for student and school safety, security, and sustainability.

When teaming with ISS, expect us to:

  • Provide personalized responses for all your school risks related concerns
  • Direct you to free available resources as available
  • Be considerate of cultural and international information in formulating responses
  • Explore your needs with assistance from ISS partners in safety and security
  • Negotiate best pricing available for all consulting arrangements
  • Oversee project exploration and management until everything is resolved satisfactorily
 

ISS is able to offer such a wide range of resources because of the amazing teams we partner with. Our allies in School Safety and Security include:

  • ClearPath Emergency Planning Management
  • International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
  • SecurTest Background Check Services
  • Breakthrough
 


We exist to help you to identify and mitigate risks in your school environment, maintain compliance with international high standards in safety and security, and build the best environment possible for your young students.

Resources are available to assist in:

  • Child/Youth Protection Initiatives
  • Background checks due diligence
  • Emergency and crisis planning
  • Program and security audits
  • School policies development
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Board Governance
  • Internal audits
  • Corporate and board policies and procedures
  • General School Risk management


Frequently Asked Questions

Why does ISS have a Compliance Department?

The ISS Compliance Department was established in 2009 to implement the organization’s internal audit program, good governance practices, as well as to oversee the management of risks, safety and security for the organization and its affiliated schools. The Department has since grown to provide schools around the globe with tailored assistance in all facets of risk management, best practices and due diligence considerations, development of internal controls, and addressing various compliance and school safety and security issues.

How can the ISS Compliance Department help International Schools?

The wellbeing and safety of students is the main priority in all of our schools. The ISS Compliance Department can assist schools in all facets of school safety and risk management, including helping schools to build and maintain a comprehensive child protection program that also adheres to accreditation standards. ISS has partnered with experts in their field to procure reliable background checks, safety and security audits, and employee training on various compliance issues.

What are some key areas of focus for the Compliance Department?

The Compliance Department helps the organization and international schools to identify, assess, mitigate and manage risks. Areas of concentration include general school risk management, child/youth protection standards, assistance with background checks, recruitment best practices, and other school safety and security best practices.

What is a typical day for the Compliance Department?

The Compliance Department at ISS wears many hats and has to be available to assist whenever and wherever needed—in both times of helping a school manage an unexpected crisis and in assisting with day-to-day school management issues. A busy season or down time does not exist in the Compliance world. The Department could handle general due diligence inquiries one day, and then help out an international school with a complex risk management issue the next day.

What are some of the challenges the Compliance Department helps schools address?

The Compliance Department has to be able to assist schools on many different levels and areas, including assessing the potential impact of cultural and international law implications. We also work with schools internationally while not always being “physically present" to assess the situation. Our goal is to provide the best, comprehensive information in a timely matter whether it is through skype calls, conference calls or e-mails to make our schools feel safe and secure.
 

Resources

Child Protection »

Safe Teachers, Safe Schools »

ISS Continues to Support Worldwide Child Protection Efforts »

Update on Child Protection in International Schools »

ICME Education Portal »