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Child Protection Workshops

We have enlisted a team of experts to help your school keep students safe. Comprehensive CIS workshops continue to take place across the world to provide broad regional access to training.

These workshops are tailored to the needs of international school communities:

  • At a Child Protection Foundation Workshop you will gain a broad understanding about building a robust safeguarding programme in your school.
  • At a Child Protection Deep Dive Workshop you will explore specific topics in more depth.

This series of CIS workshops will also help your school comply with accreditation standards for child protection

Foundation

This two-day CIS Child Protection Foundation Workshop provides you with an overview of key topics relating to child protection and safeguarding within international school communities. It enables your school leaders and counsellors to both build new and strengthen existing child protection and safeguarding systems in your schools. You will explore the information and tools necessary to comply with international safeguarding standards and accreditation frameworks and will start thinking about how you can take action 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.

Who is this workshop for?

The Foundation Workshops are open to board members, governors, leaders, counsellors, teachers and staff. 

Foundation Workshops

Child Protection Foundation Workshop | The Hague
The Hague, The Netherlands

29–30 January 2020
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Child Protection Foundation Workshop | Bogotá
Bogotá, Colombia

22–23 February 2020
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Child Protection Foundation Workshop | Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

30 April – 1 May 2020
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Objectives:
  • Ensure school communities possess knowledge and a shared understanding of the signs and risks of child abuse.
  • 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.
  • Understand how to create and implement effective systems, policies and practices to identify, prevent and respond to harm and abuse within your school community.
  • Address challenges facing international school communities as they strive to interpret various cultural attitudes, laws and actions in addressing forms of abuse.
  • Develop knowledge of age-appropriate, healthy relationship education for children and young people based upon new UNESCO and WHO guidelines.
  • Develop understanding and common interpretation of the international safeguarding standards and the CIS accreditation standards.
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
  • Key opportunities facing international school communities: How to use resources to create safe organisational cultures, involve students and address different forms of harm and abuse, including online
  • Empowering student voice and developing self-protective skills
Strand 1: Managing child abuse in an international school—recruitment, policies and response: Alignment with accreditation standards
  • Developing school-wide child protection policies and practices
  • Safer and effective international recruitment and selection practices
  • Leadership in action: Communicating in a crisis
Strand 2: Preventing and identifying child abuse—curriculum, culture and receiving disclosures: 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

In-depth training for those who have completed a CIS Child Protection Foundation Workshop

Continue your learning by attending a CIS Child Protection Deep Dive Workshop. Participants can choose from multiple types of workshops which run concurrently over two days. You will leave the sessions with the tools needed to move beyond compliance and to draw on the latest research and resources to develop innovative and effective practices in the areas covered. All training is tailored to the specific needs of international school communities.

Who is this workshop for?

The Deep Dive Workshops for international schools are open to board members, governors, leaders, counsellors, teachers and staff.

Deep Dive Workshops

Child Protection Deep Dive Workshop for Counsellors | The Hague
The Hague, The Netherlands

27–28 January 2020
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Child Protection Deep Dive Workshop | The Hague
The Hague, The Netherlands

31 January – 1 February 2020
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Child Protection Deep Dive Workshop | Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh CIty, Vietnam

2–3 May 2020
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Deep Dive 1: Introducing a new protocol for managing allegations of abuse against adults

Only open to individuals who have already attended a CIS Child Protection 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: Tackling peer-on-peer abuse and online harm in your school

Only open to individuals who have already attended a CIS Child Protection Foundation Workshop.

Whole-group sessions (for all Deep Dive 2 participants)
  • Understanding the contextual dynamics of peer-on-peer abuse
  • Writing and implementing school policies to address peer-on-peer abuse, online safety and curriculum development
  • Learning how to engage your local partners and agencies
  • Understanding abuse and engaging parents in culturally diverse communities
  • Putting together an action plan for your school 
Strand sessions

Deep Dive 2 participants can also choose from one of the following strands.

Strand 1: Preventing, identifying and responding to peer-on-peer abuse and online harm in your school

  • Using resources to identify and prevent harm (both offline and online) within your school community 

  • Learning how to respond to an allegation of peer-on-peer abuse

Strand 2: Prevention through education: Incorporating child protection into your curriculum and implementing a Comprehensive Sexuality Education programme

  • Comprehensive Sexuality and Relationships Education: New curriculum from UNESCO and WHO
  • Developing Self-Protective Skills in Students

Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS*)—including case consultation

*Certification program for counsellors and psychologists—only open to counsellors and psychologists.

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

Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is designed for use with groups of students who have experienced significant traumatic experiences and are suffering from related emotional or behavioral problems. Traumatic experiences include, for example, being physically injured; witnessing serious harm or violence at home, in school, online, or in the community; undergoing a traumatic loss; or being in a natural or man-made disaster. Please note that CBITS should not be used to support students who have suffered from sexual abuse.