The abuse and neglect of children are concerns around the world. Child abuse and neglect are violations of a child’s human rights and obstacles to a child’s education, as well as to their physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development. Academia Cotopaxi endorses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), of which our host country, Ecuador, is a signatory. At Academia Cotopaxi, we believe that all students have the right to be protected from abuse and neglect. We recognize that schools fill a special institutional role in society as protectors of children. Schools need to ensure that all children in their care are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop, both at school and away. Educators, having the opportunity to observe and interact with children over time, are in a unique position to identify children who are in need of help and protection. As such, educators have a professional and ethical obligation to report suspicions of abuse to school authorities. Academia Cotopaxi seeks to be a safe haven for students who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in any aspect of their lives.