This child is your number one priority

Imagine the scenario. A 16-year student sobbing in a school teacher’s classroom because on the surface it would appear that he is struggling to cope with the stress of his first semester school examinations. Then you discover that this young man has a known history of anxiety and lost contact with his professional support when he transitioned between international schools and countries. Natasha Winnard gives valuable advice to help schools and educators.

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Learning from young people: How schools and universities can protect students from peer-on-peer abuse

The vast response to the 2020 social media initiative ‘Everyone’s Invited’ where students (almost 15,000) can anonymously describe rape and assault within school communities has led to a special UK governmental investigation. We’re republishing this 2020 post with essential guidance to help our community learn more and educate school leadership teams and faculty.

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Can schools transfer child protection data and information to a student’s new school?

Schools are expected to take particular care to protect student information as part of their child protection obligations. But what happens when a child moves to a new school? Schools can feel torn between safeguarding the student and protecting the student's sensitive information. We explore legal considerations and share practical tips. 

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Online safety and well-being curriculum

Some safeguarding and well-being risks have increased for many children as a consequence of moving to remote learning. At the same time, the sudden shift to home-based learning and concerns about students’ academic progress has meant that key elements of some schools’ safeguarding and well-being education were paused or weakened. We look at different approaches to terminology, explore challenges, and offer eight steps/solutions that schools can take as we draw on examples from CIS Accredited schools and on the work of experts in this field.

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Safeguarding implications for online learning

There's been a recent surge of online learning activity as schools and universities around the world look for solutions to continue their teaching, learning and student support while institutions close due to the outbreak of Covid-19/coronavirus. While this surge will help to protect the well-being of their students, these institutions now face the additional challenge of how to protect students while they learn virtually.

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Realities and solutions to promote online safety, navigate Edtech and protect data

On #SaferInternetDay (11 February) we join thousands of you in promoting the safe and responsible use of technology for young people. Where do you start when tackling such a broad and complex topic in an international school context? We called on our colleagues at Childnet International and 9ine Consultancy for information, guidance and resources.

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Out with the old, in with the new

A new year begins. And with it come our resolutions; taking on the challenges we have been avoiding, at long last solving recurring problems, reaching out to those who need our help, stepping up to take action where we know we can make a difference. What would these resolutions look like for those of us responsible for leadership in international education? 

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Student Well-being Workshop Panel Discussion

I’d heard first-hand from colleagues and members of our community about the profound and perhaps confronting experience of attending a CIS Child Protection Workshop. Harsh realities are brought into sharp focus and participants leave with an urgency to take positive action. 

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