COBIS is committed to the promotion of child protection. Training can be accessed via face to face training courses, the COBIS Consultancy Service and online training courses which are delivered in partnership with EduCare.

In addition to child protection and other associated courses designed to promote the welfare of children and adults, COBIS administers the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) employment background checks.

  • Please note - COBIS member schools and non-member schools can access the COBIS service administering Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

COBIS will be offering tailored training for Designated Safeguarding Leads, their deputies, and other senior staff working in international schools. This one-day course will run in 2017/18 in Madrid, Abu Dhabi, London and Hong Kong. More dates/locations may be added.

  • 26 October 2017 - Madrid (King's College La Moraleja) - £295 for COBIS Members/£350 for non-Members - 9:30-16:30 - online booking form
  • 6 November 2017 - Abu Dhabi (Brighton College Abu Dhabi) - AED 1400 for COBIS Members/AED 1650 for non-Members - 8:30-15:30 - this course is now full - register your details here to join the waiting list
  • 15 May 2018 - London ('Advanced Safeguarding and Child Protection in an International Setting' - delivered by Kidscape) - £295 for COBIS Members/£350 for non-Members - 10:00-15:30 - online booking form
  • 29 May 2018 - Hong Kong - £295 for COBIS Members/£350 for non-Members - online booking form

Below is a guide to the course outline:

  • develop an advanced understanding of Child Protection issues
  • have a further opportunity to explore attitudes and values with regard to safeguarding children
  • refresh and enhance knowledge of signs and symptoms of abuse
  • understand that although it is plausible for childcare practitioners to predict the likelihood of certain children being abused, more robust evidence is needed
  • understand that some children are resilient to abuse i.e. they see this as 'normal' behaviour
  • be given the knowledge and skills needed to perform the function of 'Designated Person' or 'Child Protection Officer' in their setting
  • develop an understanding of radicalisation and extremism
  • develop a knowledge of responsibilities and action in relation to FGM
  • receive information about Child Protection processes, including Child Protection conferences
  • identify good practice in working with children and families, and reflect on their setting's policies and procedures

Further delegate fees and booking forms will be published shortly. To register your interest, please email cpd@cobis.org.uk.

Safer Recruitment for International Schools

Safer Recruitment for International Schools

In May 2017, before the official start of the Annual Conference, COBIS ran a course on Safer Recruitment for International Schools.

Below is an indication of the course outline:

  • The Modus Operandi of Abusers
  • The Recruitment Profess
  • Checks and References
  • Interviews
  • Induction and Safer Cultures

To register your interest for future face-to-face Safer Recruitment courses, please email cpd@cobis.org.uk. For information about the online Safer Recruitment for International Schools course, please click here.

Advanced Child Protection Course

Advanced Child Protection Course

In May 2017, ahead of the COBIS Annual Conference, COBIS ran an Advanced Child Protection course.

Below is a guide to the course outline:

  • develop an advanced understanding of Child Protection issues
  • have a further opportunity to explore attitudes and values with regard to safeguarding children
  • refresh and enhance knowledge of signs and symptoms of abuse
  • understand that although it is plausible for childcare practitioners to predict the likelihood of certain children being abused, more robust evidence is needed
  • understand that some children are resilient to abuse i.e. they see this as 'normal' behaviour
  • be given the knowledge and skills needed to perform the function of 'Designated Person' or 'Child Protection Officer' in their setting
  • receive information about Child Protection processes, including Child Protection conferences
  • identify good practice in working with children and families, and reflect on their setting's policies and procedures

To register interest in future Advanced Child Protection courses, please email cpd@cobis.org.uk.

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