Child Protection

The American International School of Gothenburg is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

Around one-fifth of Sweden’s 9.8 million inhabitants are under 18. Swedish law ensures that children are well protected and their rights are defended. There are also various organisations dedicated to the wellbeing of young people. In 1979, Sweden became the first country in the world to make beating or spanking children a criminal offence.

In 1993, the Swedish Government appointed an ombudsman to protect children’s rights and look after their interests. The Ombudsman for Children in Sweden is obliged to follow the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and enforce it in Swedish society. Sweden was one of the first countries to sign up.

All employees are required to undertake a security clearance. This takes the form of a criminal records report and a special excerpt from Swedish criminal records for those working with children. Included in the recruitment process will be a local and national police check as well as a mandatory police background check from the last year of employment in every country worked.

It is school policy to actively seek confidential references for all new employees.

AIS has a code of conduct, a child protection policy, and procedures which support this commitment.