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International School Services


Bringing Parents on Your Schools' Safeguarding Journey

January 12, 2022 - View details

8:00 AM-9:30 AM US Eastern Time

Speaker: Susie March


How can we increase supportive Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) collaboration with a far more diverse set of parents? By empowering parents to take up the mantle of “Primary Educators” of CSE, there is an opportunity to create a supportive forum for positive conversations between parents, their children and the school about sexuality and relationships. Research has shown the parents are the biggest advocates for quality CSE (UNESCO, ITGSE 2018) but we need to start the dialog with them first. Takeaways for participants: * Within their context, schools need to find new ways to empower the parents and careers in their specific role in CSE. * Help parents understand why and how your school’s vision, mission & values are directly connected to the CSE approach. * Having a well-publicized community consultative CSE policy will underpin and enhance your program.

Council of International Schools


The risks and realities of child protection in international school communities


Date:  1–3 February 2022 View details

Date:  15–7 April 2022 View details

Time: 09:30–15:15 Central European Summer Time (CEST) 

Location: Virtual

Speaker: Susie March

Affluent neglect, child sexual abuse, online grooming and peer-on-peer abuse—these are just a few of the topics you’ll explore in this workshop as you develop your understanding of the key risks and realities relating to child protection and safeguarding within international school communities.

School leaders and educators will learn and connect on vital and well-established workshop content plus newly developed and timely material in an accessible online format. This virtual workshop is designed by the same global team of experts and collaborators as our in-person workshops.

What can you expect?
  • Training that is tailored to the needs of international school communities

  • Learn how to recognize and respond to affluent neglect within your community.

  • Develop a shared understanding of the signs of online grooming and sexual abuse.

  • Understand the risks associated with bullying and harm between students and how to address these forms of harm effectively by engaging student voice.

  • Learn how to build skills in your community around online consent, cyber-bullying and online sexual harassment.  

What’s new?
  • Research and guidance on how to recognize and respond to affluent neglect

  • Recordings are available of nearly all sessions for up to three weeks after the workshop. 

  • A resource pack with on-demand webinars and written guidance. 

  • Specific issues arising from the Coronavirus outbreak and remote and blended learning environments, e.g. online grooming, receiving virtual disclosures, addressing harm in the home and adapting policies and codes of conduct to remote learning environments. 

  • A session looking at how to safeguard young people whose voice have traditionally been marginalized, whether because of their race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ability or other identity markers.  

  • An online safety session with activities for staff to conduct with students around cyber-bullying, online sexual harassment and consent, and sexting. 

  • Live Q&A sessions with the speakers at the end of each day.

  • Defining and understanding the causes and practices of sexual abusers

  • Addressing peer-on-peer abuse within international school settings

  • Recognizing and responding to affluent neglect within international school communities

Strand A: Managing child abuse in an international school—recruitment, policies and response: Alignment with accreditation standards
  • Learn how to create effective systems, policies and practices to prevent and respond to harm and abuse within your school community, including safer recruitment practices.

  • Prepare to lead a community through a child protection allegation and develop communications and crisis plans.

  • Learn about students’ experiences of online harm and how to build skills in your community around online consent, cyber-bullying and online sexual harassment.  

Strand B: Preventing and identifying child abuse—curriculum, culture and receiving disclosures: Alignment with accreditation standards 
  • Develop knowledge of age-appropriate, healthy relationship education for children and young people based upon new UNESCO and WHO guidelines.

  • Learn how to receive a disclosure of abuse, protect students from harm in the home and address abuse across cultures.

  • Understand how to embed equity, diversity and anti-racism in schools, by learning how to safeguard young people whose voices have traditionally been marginalised, whether because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class or otherwise.

Who is this workshop for?

Heads of schools, principals, social-emotional counselors, university guidance counselors, safeguarding leads and child protection officers, CIS accreditation team evaluators, school board members.