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CHILD PROTECTION WORKSHOPS

A series of workshops to raise awareness and improve practices within school and university communities

We have enlisted a team of child protection experts to educate and support all school stakeholders in preparation for the global implementation of core Accreditation Standards for Child Protection. Comprehensive workshops continue to take place across the world to provide broad regional access to training and are open to Board Members, Governors, Leaders, Counsellors, Teachers and Staff. When you attend a workshop you will gain a broad understanding about building a robust safeguarding programme in our foundation workshop and then go in-depth on specific topics in our deep dive workshops.

Foundation Workshops

...training tailored to the needs of international school communities

This two-day foundation workshop provides you with an overview of key topics relating to child protection and safeguarding within international school communities, enabling your school leaders and counsellors to build new and strengthen existing child protection and safeguarding systems in your schools. You will learn the information and tools necessary to comply with new international safeguarding standards and accreditation frameworks, and to start thinking about how to move beyond these so that your school can better prevent, identify early and manage appropriately all forms of harm and abuse to which your students may be exposed.

Objectives:
  • Ensure school communities possess knowledge and a shared understanding of the signs and risks of child abuse.
  • Develop understanding and common interpretation of the new Accreditation Standards to support the development of effective systems, policies and practices to prevent abuse.
  • Develop knowledge of age-appropriate, healthy relationship education for children and young people based upon new UNESCO and WHO guidelines.
  • Identify problematic sexual behaviour, including peer on peer abuse and virtual abuse, and explore how to support and educate students to develop self-protective skills.
  • Focus on challenges facing international school communities as they strive to interpret various cultural attitudes, laws and actions in addressing forms of abuse.
Keynotes:
  • Defining and Understanding the Causes and Practices of Sexual Abusers
  • The Impact of Child Trauma on Learning: Describing the Long-Term Impact of Abuse on Educational Outcomes and Adult Life
  • Addressing Peer-on-Peer Abuse within International School Settings
  • Online safety and digital awareness: Adopting a whole-school approach 
  • Empowering Student Voice and Developing Self-Protective Skills
Strand 1: Managing child abuse in an international community - alignment with accreditation standards
  • Developing School-wide Child Protection Policies and Practices
  • Effective International Recruitment and Selection Practices
  • Leadership in Action: Communicating in a Crisis
Strand 2: Navigating cultural challenges when preventing and responding to abuse - alignment with accreditation standards
  • Identifying Abuse and Handling Initial Disclosures
  • Comprehensive Sexuality and Relationships Education: Curriculum, Supporting Students as they Navigate Physical and Virtual Abuse
  • Preventing and responding to abuse in culturally diverse communities 

Deep Dive Workshops

…in-depth training for those who have completed a CIS foundation workshop

Continue your learning by attending a CIS deep dive workshop. Participants can choose from three types of workshops which run concurrently over two days. You will leave the sessions with the tools needed to move beyond compliance and to develop innovative and effective practices in the areas covered. All training is tailored to the specific needs of international school communities.

Deep Dive #1: Introducing a new protocol for international school communities: Managing an allegation of child abuse made against an educator or another adult in school

Only open to individuals who have already attended a foundation workshop 

  • Preparation: identifying and building relationships with local agencies, strengthening and implementing policies and establishing a multi-disciplinary managing allegations team,
  • Response: urgent actions; supporting and responding appropriately to victims and alleged perpetrators; legal implications and conflicting duties - how to prioritize different objectives and be aware of (but not hidebound by) legal risks; external reporting obligations, risk assessments and safety plans, communicating in a crisis,
  • Follow-up: steps to take to review your systems and learn lessons
Deep Dive #2: Peer-on-peer abuse and online safety: Preventing and responding to abuse and engaging students and parents across cultures

Only open to individuals who have already attended a foundation workshop 

  • Understanding the contextual dynamics of peer-on-peer abuse in culturally diverse communities
  • Using resources to identify and prevent harm (both offline and online) within your school community 
  • Writing and implementing school policies to address peer-on-peer abuse and online safety
  • Managing an allegation of peer-on-peer abuse
  • Discussing abuse with parents from diverse cultural backgrounds
Deep Dive #3: Peer-on-peer abuse and curriculum development: Engaging students and parents across cultures

Only open to individuals who have already attended a foundation workshop

  • Understanding the contextual dynamics of peer-on-peer abuse in culturally diverse communities
  • Comprehensive Sexuality and Relationships Education: New curriculum from UNESCO and WHO
  • Developing Self-Protective Skills in Students
  • Discussing abuse with parents from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Incorporating child protection into the curriculum, teaching difficult topics and creating the protected child
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS*) - including case consultation

Only open to Counsellors and Psychologists

*Certification program for counsellors and psychologists

  • To become certified to provide Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
  • To gain insights, strategies and methods through consultation to address current cases