CIS is committed to Child Protection and Student Well-being
We work to ensure our member communities provide comprehensive, effective education and support for children and young adults, focused on their physical, social and emotional well-being. Together with a team of global experts, we provide child protection training, resources, and support to our school and university leaders. We empower them to learn how to educate their communities and develop capacity to prevent and manage all aspects of abuse.
Talking about child abuse is not easy. Although it may be uncomfortable, it is critical to start the discussion in international school communities. The ease of mobility that international work provides, coupled with weak recruitment practices, different cultural norms and underdeveloped legal systems in various countries can make international education communities prime targets for child abusers. At CIS, we purposefully foster open discussion with our members and have invested to increase the knowledge of our staff to consider the role we all have in keeping students safe.
In addition to integrating new practices into our member services, we have created a series of workshops to raise awareness and improve practices within schools and universities. Abuse encompasses a range of behaviour including neglect, bullying, emotional, physical and sexual abuse and exploitation. Through our work with law enforcement officials, investigators, lawyers, medical doctors and psychologists, we’ve grown our expertise in specific types of abuse, its origins, the resulting risks and realities for international communities.
We are committed to creating the necessary changes in the international education community. We have integrated new practices into all of our service areas and will continue to invest in educating our community of members, partners, and educators around the world.