Child Protection Workshops

CIS professional staff include:

  • Jane Larsson, Executive Director
  • Katie Rigg, International Advisor for Student Well-being
  • Pauline O'Brien, Director of Career & Recruitment Services

Expert presenters include:

Tim Gerrish OBE, is a highly committed and commended International Child Protection expert with extensive experience in advising on child safeguarding risk management issues and investigations. He specialises in advising international school leaders, conducting audits and evaluations as well as developing and delivering top class training on child safeguarding for international schools and high profile organisations. Tim is Founder and Director of International Child Protection Advisors (ICPA) Ltd, his background is in law enforcement with 30 years of experience as a detective with Scotland Yard in London. He was also head of the UK’s National Criminal Intelligence Service Serious Sex Offender unit before working with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP). Tim is an accredited consultant to the Council of International Schools (CIS), Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and Federation of British International Schools in SE Asia.

Jordan Greenbaum is a child abuse physician from the United States who received her degree from Yale School of Medicine.  She is the medical director of the Global Health and Well-being Initiative with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.  In addition, she works with victims of suspected physical/sexual abuse, neglect and sex trafficking at the Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  She co-chairs the Human Trafficking committee for the Helfer Society, and the Education/Training committee for HEAL Trafficking, an organization of medical professionals working on human trafficking issues. Jordan provides trainings on child trafficking and exploitation and other aspects of child maltreatment for medical and nonmedical professionals.  She trains locally, nationally and internationally, working with child-serving professionals to prevent, identify and intervene in cases of suspected abuse and sex trafficking.  

Stephanie Howdle-Lang has worked in education for the last eighteen years, spending six years in the East End of London, six in the UAE in international and local schools and six in Hong Kong. She is currently Vice Principal for Wellbeing in the Primary section of Renaissance College, Hong Kong. In line with the mission and vision of Renaissance College, Stephanie works with teachers and students to enhance wellbeing for both students and teachers. One aspect of this role includes acting as one of the Child Protection Officers for the school, and in this capacity, she has been working on nurturing student agency, giving students strategies to say no when appropriate and supporting parents and teachers when they do. 

Jim Hulbert, J.D. is the co-partner in The Jane Group and a labour and employment lawyer by training. While Jim handles the firm’s ongoing caseload, he is the lead consultant on legal, governance and board matters. In his role with boards, Jim works closely with board chairs and their executive committees, both remotely and on-site. He has presented at numerous international education conferences for independent schools, including NESA, EARCOS and at The International Taskforce on Child Protection in Dubai. Internationally, the firm also works with CIS, ISS, AAIE, ECIS and others. Jim assists international school leaders and boards in implementing crisis plans, including communications and protocols, child protection plans, risk management, employment and HR policies. He trains school leadership in crisis management including sexual misconduct issues, and other highly sensitive matters. Jim travels to international schools to help manage existing crises, as well as providing on-site training of faculty and staff. Jim graduated from Culver Academies (IN). He was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel. In addition, Jim has participated in the Northwestern University, Kellogg School of management Executive Certificate Program, including Critical Issues of Board Governance and Nonprofit Finance.

Dr Jenny Lloyd is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire within the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking. As a member of the Contextual Safeguarding team, she works on two research projects; ‘Beyond Referrals’ a project to develop school responses to preventing and responding to harmful sexual behaviours in education settings, and within child protection services to develop responses to extra-familial harm including serious youth violence, child criminal exploitation and child sexual abuse. She has published work on abuse through sexual image sharing in schools and continues to work in the education sector to support school responses to peer on peer abuse. Jenny works globally with international schools and is an Affiliated Consultant for the Council of International schools.

Susie March has worked exclusively with international schools for the past ten years. She has a wealth of experience delivering both to students and staff in schools and through professional development workshops across the world. Her holistic and developmentally-appropriate approach to Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is specific to internationals schools and the unique cultures within which they operate. She supports and works with school administrations to improve teacher training standards and professional development. Her objective is to help teachers confidently implement an age-appropriate, whole-school approach, to CSE. She has also worked on policy development, curriculum planning and implementation.

Dr Joe Sullivan is a Registered Forensic Psychologist (Health Professions Council).  He holds a PhD in Forensic Psychology, Master’s Degree in Criminology, Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts Degree in applied Social Sciences, and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work. Dr. Sullivan is an honorary lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK. For the past 20 years, Dr. Sullivan has worked with police officers, social workers, probation officers, faith groups and educationalists to provide insights into the motivations, thoughts and behaviours of child sex offenders. He is regularly commissioned to undertake assessments for the Social Service Departments, Probation Services, Churches and Education departments and has been called as an expert witness to give evidence to criminal, civil and family courts. Dr. Sullivan has worked extensively in law enforcement since 1996, assisting UK and European police forces with investigations into the sexually motivated abduction, murder and assault of children. Since 2006, Dr. Sullivan has also been the Forensic Psychologist in the Behaviour Analysis Unit in the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). He has received a Chief Constables Commendation for his contribution to the investigation into the sexually motivated abduction and murder of a child in 2001.

Dr Douglas Walker has worked with the international school community for nine of his last eighteen years of practice as a Clinical Psychologist.  He received his doctorate from the University of North Texas where he participated in the emerging field of Psychoneuroimmunology, studying the impact of stress upon the human immune system. Dr. Walker’s early career focused on Pediatrics, treating children suffering from traumatic injury, chronic and/or life-threatening illness, and major reconstructive surgery.  His post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital New Orleans allowed him to focus on traumatic brain injury and recovery as the consulting psychologist to the hospital’s rehabilitative unit.  As a Harris Fellow at Louisiana State University Health Science Center’s Harris Center for Infant Mental Health, Dr. Walker expanded his clinical expertise to include children ages 0-4, many of whom were witnesses or victims of community and domestic violence.

  • Jane Foster
  • Carlene Firmin
  • Edel Walshe 
  • Cecilia Unite