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Ensuring that your school provides a safe environment for every child in your care may be the most important and challenging thing you do as a leader. This institute offers expert training and practical work sessions for international and independent school leadership teams* looking to create, implement and evaluate a comprehensive child protection plan that meets the new accreditation standards agreed upon by leading organizations such as the International Baccalaureate, CIS, NEASC, MSA and others (for a full list see below **).

Most importantly, you will know that under your leadership, your team and school has taken important steps to educate and protect your students, staff and community from the very real threat of child predators.

"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

Upcoming Training In your Area

United States Training 2017

AAIE and NSU will host the 4 Day Expanded Certificate Training from 26-29 June, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as part of the AAIE Summer Institutes.

Tri-Association Training 2017

AAIE and Tri-Association will host this 3 Day Child Protection Certificate Training in Costa Rica: 1-3 October, 2017.
This Pre-Conference opportunity is part of the Tri-Association Annual Educators Conference.


*Who Should Attend From Your School? This training is created specifically for a comprehensive school team approach. We recommend a minimum of 3-4 people from each school attend so that full advantage of the wealth of information and important simultaneous breakout sessions/critical resources and expertise each session affords can be optimized by your school. Roles that would benefit from attending: • 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/ Leader • Health Teacher Leader • Educational Technology Director • Special Needs Director • Security Director • Crisis Management Leader • School Nurse, or others as required by your unique school structure.

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.


An acclaimed group of child protection and crisis management experts make up the team at each AAIE training. 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 Topics of The Four Day Extended Level 1 Training Include:
This extended training includes all required areas of training for creating a comprehensive plan that meets accreditation standards along with extended topics for medical response, crisis counseling and leadership in crisis considerations.

• Creating a Comprehension Child Protection/ Safeguarding Plan
• Code of Conduct & Safe Working Practices / Child Safety Policy
• Offender Overview, Preventative Staff Recruitment & Hiring Practices
• Child Protection Through Education
• Educating Your Teachers & Staff
• Educating Your Students, Parents & Community

• Medical Signs of Abuse, A School Nurse Perspective
• Medical Response & Disclosure Management
• Local Resources & Considerations for Medical Issues
• Managing Disclosure & Response in the classroom
• Crisis Management Implications & Communication
• Leadership & Counseling Roles in Times of Crisis
• Evaluation & Monitoring Process

The Topics of The Three Day Level 1 Training Include:
This condensed training includes all required areas of training for creating a comprehensive plan that meets accreditation standards. Areas not included due to the shortened length of this 3 day training are the extended topics for medical response, crisis counseling and some leadership in crisis considerations.

• Creating a Comprehension Child Protection/ Safeguarding Plan
• Code of Conduct & Safe Working Practices / Child Safety Policy
• Offender Overview, Preventative Staff Recruitment & Hiring Practices
• Child Protection Through Education
• Educating Your Teachers & Staff
• Educating Your Students, Parents & Community
• Medical Response & Disclosure Management
• Local Resources & Considerations
• Managing Disclosure & Response
• Crisis Management Implications & Communication
• Evaluation & Monitoring Process

Participants who successfully complete this training receive the AAIE Child Protection School Leadership Training & Level 1 Certificate. This certification assures respective Boards and Accrediting Agencies that the school leader has successfully completed intensive, university-level learning and the practical work needed to create, implement and monitor a successful Child Protection Plan within their school that meets the new accreditation guidelines as agreed upon by the International Task Force on Child Protection and member organizations.



Speaker and Workshop Facilitation Team Information:

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.

AAIE Event Refund/Cancellation Policy
The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If AAIE cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund for all AAIE registration fees, or provide the option to transfer registration to another event of the registrant’s choosing. In the event of low enrollment, AAIE will notify via email all registered participants no less than 4 weeks prior to the date of the event.

Photographs and Videos

Please be advised that photographs and videos will be taken at the event for use on the AAIE website and in the press, AAIE marketing materials, and all other AAIE publications. By participating in an AAIE 2017-18 Session, you consent to AAIE staff photographing and using your image and likeness. AAIE reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at AAIE 2017-18 events, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. AAIE may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by AAIE including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.



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