Safeguarding Training & Consultancy with the International School of Beijing (ISB) 11 – 14 November 2019

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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)

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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)

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Specialist Training Event for International School staff in Bangkok

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.

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Chris Gould & Duncan Stonehouse (Head of School, Bangkok Prep) with delegates from Day Two Specialist Level Three Safeguarding & Child Protection Course, Bangkok, Thailand (Feb 2019)