EARCOS Child Protection Webinar 2:
Saturday 23 October 2021
The second of a four webinar series on child protection related issues for International Schools was delivered to EARCOS members today. The topic was ‘Crafting a Child Protection Policy’ and was put together by Matt Harris, CEO, ChildSafeguarding.com and Chris Gould, Independent Child Protection Consultant, 112 Safeguarding.
This was another popular webinar with over 250 individuals registering for the event. Attendees were given a copy of the webinar PowerPoint slide-deck, a link to the recorded webinar, together with a comprehensive Child Protection policy template and sign posted towards other resources. The conversations and questions from attendees were broad, including questions on child protection policy requirements for Boarding Schools, Safeguarding policies for parents, Curriculum material on safeguarding related matters for students, parental engagement with child protection education amongst other issues.
Don’t miss out on further webinar events in the series, being aired in November and December 2021. EARCOS members can register for future events at: https://www.earcos.org/
EARCOS Child Protection Webinar 1:
Saturday 25 September 2021
The first of four safeguarding and child protection webinars were presented in a 90 minute session by Matt Harris, CEO of ChildSafeguarding.com and Chris Gould, Independent Child Protection Consultant, 112 Safeguarding to EARCOS members on Saturday 25 September 2021.
This first session was well attended with over 200 signing up for the event. The questions continued well after the planned closure of the webinar with Matt and Chris answering safeguarding queries for a further half hour. Further events will follow in October, November and December 2021. Members can register for future events at: https://www.earcos.org/
Online training with Nova International School, Macedonia Aug-Sep 2021
During August & September 2021, after much planning by Student Services Coordinator, Jana Shishkovska, and Counselor, Mary Platz-Ivanovski, 112 Safeguarding delivered a number of online Zoom training workshops (Level 1&2 Child Protection – Combined) to staff, including the Director, Principals, Assistant Principals, HR personnel and Counselors, together with a separate specialist module for the School Nurses.
The three Level 1&2 Combined safeguarding and child protection workshops included exploration and discussion of a variety of complex strategic issues. In particular, this input has assisted key stakeholders within child protection to refocus on their safeguarding framework and policies.
Comments from a few attendees:
“Thank you for leading an engaging and informative learning environment. A number of much-needed conversations have been started or furthered as a result.”
“Thank you for leading the way for us.”
“Thank you for your guidance and support in this process. I do believe we are making small but measurable steps in the right direction, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every member of our community and especially our students.”
“Thank you for your time and dedication to the sessions.”
It has been a great pleasure working alongside Jana and Mary and I wish them and others fostering and developing the work of safeguarding at Nova International School all the very best in the months ahead. The school has already demonstrated significant commitment to this area of work in prioritising this topic. I am sure the incremental steps being taken will support the momentum in the right direction.
FOBISIA CPD & Safeguarding eConference
Chris Gould, 112 Safeguarding was a speaker at this May 2021 FOBISIA event, presenting two sessions: (1) Safeguarding Ambiguities, Challenges and Near Misses, and (2) What’s Being Missed in Safer Recruitment?
Thanks to John Gwyn Jones MBE, CEO, FOBISIA for the invitation to speak and providing an excellent platform for so many good speakers to present their CPD and Safeguarding sessions. It was a pleasure to connect with so many schools throughout and since the event.
Level 1&2 Child Protection Training –
American Embassy School (AES), New Delhi – Mar/April 2021
Considerable work, energy and effort was put in by the American Embassy School (AES), New Delhi, Child Protection Team during 2020, working periodically with Chris Gould from 112 Safeguarding, in reviewing, developing and improving the AES Safeguarding Framework, related policies and organisational incident and concerns response. This culminated in a series of Level 1&2 zoom training sessions being delivered by 112 Safeguarding to over 30 AES staff during March and April 2021.
Safeguarding training for staff at
Vientiane International School, Lao PDR –
112 Safeguarding delivered a series of three Zoom workshops on Safeguarding and Child Protection for strategic leaders at Vientiane International School (VIS), Lao PDR, between 29-31 July 2020. This was followed by the delivery of safer recruitment a specialist workshop on ‘Recruitment Interviews’ via Zoom to VIS staff on the 2 November 2020.
Safeguarding & Child Protection Training,
King’s College International School, Bangkok, Thailand 19 – 20 March 2020
It was a great pleasure to meet and work with senior leaders and key stakeholders from the safeguarding team at King’s College, Bangkok over two days of intensive training. The first day was an adapted Level 1&2 course followed by an adapted Level 3 course on day two. Everyone committed themselves to the challenging group work and case studies and I have been encouraged to see the energy being put into developing and improving policy since we finished the training. Well done to everyone involved.
Safeguarding Audit: Bangkok Prep, Bangkok,Thailand 16 -17 March 2020
I recently conducted a safeguarding and child protection audit at Bangkok Prep, Bangkok. Thanks to all the staff who made themselves available for interview during what was a difficult week with COVID-19. The earlier submission of safeguarding policies, procedures, protocols, guidance and other child protection related material was a great help for me in establishing a base line against good practice standards.
The final audit report has now been sent to Bangkok Prep who will use it as a reference document for their Child Protection Action Plan managed by their Safeguarding Committee.
Safeguarding Training & Consultancy with the International School of Beijing (ISB)
11 – 14 November 2019
Thanks to the staff from the International School of Beijing (ISB) for their commitment and engagement throughout the various safeguarding training courses I delivered from 11 – 14 November 2019 in Beijing. Training included Level 1&2 Combined courses, a Level 3 specialist course as well as the Train the Trainer program. Throughout the week I was able to meet with key stakeholders in order to consult on ISB strategic safeguarding progress as well as current challenges. The school is to be congratulated on progress made in enhancing their whole school strategic and operational safeguarding responses throughout the past four years. I look forward to continuing collaboration with this energetic and enthusiastic team.
EARCOS 2019 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
(31 Oct – 2 Nov 2019)
It was a great pleasure to attend EARCOS 2019 and meet so many committed, passionate and caring educators. A huge takeaway for me was the work of Carlene Firmin from Bedfordshire University, UK in relation to Peer-On-Peer abuse and the value to all international schools of the Contextual Safeguarding Network which is free to sign up to and join.
There were numerous quality sessions throughout the conference as well as an opportunity to sign up for information on a new online child protection training course targeted at local indigenous staff, including: gardeners, cleaners, security staff, sub-contractors, drivers, volunteers, TA’s and others. See ChildSafeguarding.com for more information.
Level Three Safeguarding Training, Bangkok
(7-8 February 2019)
Chris Gould delivered Level Three Safeguarding and Child Protection training to staff from:
Bangkok International Preparatory and Secondary School, Thailand
British School of Kathmandu, Nepal
Harrow International School Bangkok, Thailand
Regents International School Pattaya, Thailand
Charter International School, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok Patana School – The British International School in Thailand
The event was organized and hosted over two days (7 & 8 February 2019) at the Bangkok International Preparatory and Secondary School. Thanks go to Joshua Watters, Deputy Head of Secondary, and his staff.
The training days were interactive and included group work and some thought provoking and challenging material. Delegates reported leaving with some new personal and professional insights and safeguarding related tasks to undertake. Whilst a sense of achievement and satisfaction was in evidence with what schools were already doing; raising the bar for safeguarding and child protection standards reportedly will continue to be part the agenda for all attendees. The courage often needed to take direct action on behalf of children for whom we have a duty of care was emphasized and reinforced during the training sessions. Continuing teamwork and improved safeguarding knowledge and skills, and a culture of organizational support, will all nurture and underpin the capacity to effectively protect children and young people within school communities and beyond.