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Child Protection Leadership Team Training and Resources Home

AAIE is a founding member of the International Task Force on Child Protection and highly committed to supporting international school leaders and educators as they navigate the complex challenges of Child Protection within the International School setting and provide comprehensive Child Protection Programs school-wide.

In order to meet this goal, we support and encourage our international schools and affiliate members to lead the way by providing:

• a uniquely international and comprehensive leadership-centered training with a library of resources at our 4-Day AAIE Child Protection Leadership Team Training & Certificate Program

• a 10% AAIE Member Discount to the full online training menu of international Child Protection & Safeguarding courses offered by our AAIE Affiliate Partner EduCare

• developmental support and global promotion of the important online resources available on the Education Portal of our Affiliate Partner ICMEC (The International Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

• aligned support of the comprehensive child protection accreditation standards agreed upon by leading international school accrediting organizations and AAIE Affiliate Members such as AdvancED, CIS, NEASC, MSA, WASC and others.

We continue to update our Child Protection resources and benefits for members throughout the year, so check back frequently to see what is new!

"Well worth the funds and time dedicated for learning about this all important topic. I left the conference feeling very confident in the first steps we will need to take in creating and implementing a child safety policy, etc." Peter Nonnenkamp - Executive Director / Inter American Academy, Ecuador/ AAIE Child Protection Leadership Team Attendee

2018 AAIE Leadership Team Training & Certificate Program

Level 1 Certificate Training/ Summer 2018 / 25-28 JUNE 2018 / Fort Lauderdale, Florida - USA

AAIE and NSU will host this popular 4-Day Certificate Training from 25-28 June, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as part of the 2018 AAIE Summer Institutes & Retreats


*Who Should Attend From Your School?
This training is created specifically for a comprehensive school team approach. We recommend a minimum of 3-4 of the following people from each school attend so that full advantage of the wealth of information, resources and expertise provided at the simultaneous breakout sessions can be optimized by your school.

Key People on Your Team:
• Head of School or other senior level Administrator
• Head of Human Resources & Hiring • Counseling Leader + a Counselor from each division
• School Psychologist
• Athletics or Activities Director
• Curriculum Director/ Lead
• Health Teacher Lead
• Educational Technology Director
• Special Needs Director
• Security & Buildings Director
• Crisis Management/ Child Protection Lead
• School Nurse
• Others as required by your unique school structure.

2016 AAIE Child Protection Leadership Team Training at NSU / Fort Lauderdale, FL

An acclaimed group of child protection and crisis management experts make up the team at AAIE trainings. These included such experts as Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, Dr. Scott Poland, Tim Gerrish OBE, Susie March and others who facilitate these practical and rigorous three and four day institutes in various locations each year. These facilitators provide expert advice, specialized breakout sessions for team members, exemplars of plans from other international and independent schools and individualized support in creating a plan specific to the unique needs of your school community. Our goal is that you and your team leave with a solid and well-researched implementation plan in place that will allow you to take immediate and strategic action while protecting and informing your school community on the urgent issue of child protection.

The following Accreditation Organizations agreed at the February 2016 AAIE Conference to require new Child Protection Standards within their application/renewal process: AdvancEd, Council of International Schools (CIS), Council of British International Schools (COBIS), CfBT Trust, International Baccalaureate (IB), International Schools Inspectorate (ISI), Middle States Association (MSA), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and PENTA International. Please note this list is growing and other accrediting organizations may have joined since this publication date.

AAIE Child Protection Expert Facilitators & Contributors:

Dr. Jordan Greenbaum is a child abuse physician from the United States who received her degree from Yale School of Medicine. She is the director of the Global Health and Wellbeing Initiative with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). 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. Jordan provides trainings on all aspects of child maltreatment for medical and non medical professionals working with children. She gives trainings locally, nationally and internationally, working with child-serving professionals to prevent, identify and intervene in cases of suspected abuse and sex trafficking.

Tim Gerrish OBE is a highly committed and commended International Child Protection expert with extensive experience in advising on risk management issues and investigations.He specializes in conducting child protection audits as well as developing and delivering top class training on child safeguarding for international schools and high profile organizations.He has excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to network and build relationships within different sectors to garner support and influence policy and practice.Tim is a proactive leader and trainer who is passionate about building partnerships in an effort to ensure children are better protected globally. Tim’s background is in law enforcement with 30 years experience as a detective with Scotland Yard in London.He was also head of the UK National Criminal Intelligence Service Serious Sex Offender unit before working with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP).At CEOP his role was Head of International Partnerships, working with international schools, foreign governments, law enforcement agencies and child protection practitioners overseas. He has extensive experience of working within Southern and South East Asia as well as Europe, Africa and many other countries around the world.

Susie March qualified as a UK Registered General Nurse in 1986 and served within hospitals and the community, specializing in sexual health, women's health and family planning. Now based in Munich, Germany, Susie has worked exclusively with international schools for the past ten years. Using a holistic and developmentally appropriate approach to sexual health education, Susie has a wealth of experience delivering Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) to schools throughout the world. Susie is dedicated to helping stamp out child sexual abuse by improving the emotional and social wellbeing of young people by providing students and families with the information, skills and values needed to build healthy, happy and respectful relationships, whilst ultimately taking responsibility for their sexual health and well-being. She has worked with schools on Child Protection and SRE policy development, curriculum planning and implementation, as well as selection of teaching materials suitable for an international school setting. She strives to improve training, development and ongoing support for schools - working to ensure teachers are implementing comprehensive, age-appropriate and culturally sensitive sexual health education confidently, throughout all years of schooling.

Dr. Joe Sullivan is a Registered Forensic Psychologist (Health Professions Council). He holds a PhD in Forensic Psychology, a Masters Degree in Criminology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a 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 behaviors 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 Behavior 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. Sullivan has also undertaken assessment and therapeutic intervention work with women who sexually abuse children and adults accused or suspected of professional sexual misconduct. Part of his work also includes the assessment and treatment of adult survivors of child sexual abuse. He has published and presented papers to national and international conferences on the techniques he uses for engaging, assessing, and interviewing sexual offenders.

Dr. Scott Poland is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, crisis management, youth violence, suicide intervention, self injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools. As a professor at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Poland has lectured and written extensively on these subjects, appeared on all major television network news programs, and has presented over 1,000 workshops in every state and numerous foreign countries. He served on the President's Roundtable on Youth Violence and has testified about the needs of children before the U. S. Congress on four occasions. Dr. Poland is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists and serves as the Prevention Director for the American Association of Suicidology. He has led multiple national crisis teams following numerous school shootings and suicides and has assisted schools and communities after terrorism acts in New York, Washington, D.C. and Oklahoma. He has also worked in the aftermath of hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. He has also been an expert witness in numerous legal cases.