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


Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads / Advanced Child Protection

COBIS offers tailored training for Designated Safeguarding Leads, their deputies, and other senior staff working in international schools. Following on from successful one-day courses in Kuala Lumpur, Muscat and Bucharest earlier this year, we are now expecting to run additional courses in London, New York, Muscat and Panama. To book onto one of these courses, please submit an online booking form found below.

"Some of the best CPD I have had for a long time, thank you."


To register your interest for future courses, please complete this form

Host School: King's College - The British School of Panama
Date: 25 August 2019
Delegate Fee: $385 for COBIS and PAIS Members; $455 for non-Members
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Host School: The British International School of New York, USA
Date: 28 August 2019
Delegate Fee: $385 for COBIS Members; $455 for non-Members
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Host School: British School Muscat, Oman
Date: 21 September 2019
Delegate Fee:150 OMR for COBIS Members; 180 OMR for non-Members
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Host School: British School Muscat, Oman
Date: 22 September 2019
Delegate Fee:150 OMR for COBIS Members; 180 OMR for non-Members
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Below is a guide to the course outline:

  • Develop an advanced understanding of Child Protection and Safeguarding issues
  • Develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform the function of 'Designated Person' or 'Child Protection Officer' in their setting
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the organisation and staff members with regards to safeguarding children
  • Develop an inspectorate framework for Child Protection and Safeguarding (for schools who have a UK style of inspection)
  • Refresh and enhance knowledge of signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect
  • Develop an understanding of technology abuse, grooming and cyber bullying
  • Develop an understanding of radicalisation and extremism
  • Develop a knowledge of responsibilities and action in relation to FGM
  • Identify good practice when talking to and questioning children
  • Identify good practice in working with children and families
  • Reflect on their setting's policies and procedures
  • Discuss safeguarding scenarios and consider appropriate action


Feedback from previous training days has been extremely positive:

92% of respondents rated the overall relevance of the course as Good or Excellent

89% of respondents rated the programme content as Good or Excellent

94% of respondents rated the presenter as Good or Excellent

92% of respondents would recommend the training to a colleague


"Up to date and current information given. Very thought provoking and useful. Real life cases discussed and examined."

"There was no wasted time in the course, everything felt appropriate to what I need to know about and deal with in my role."

"Some of the best CPD I have had for a long time thank you."

"[The trainer] presented a difficult area very well, clearly caring about this subject. His knowledge was clearly evident and he managed to keep the atmosphere positive and productive despite the depressing nature of some of the discussions. I would want to work with him again."

Booking forms can be found above. Further locations may be added. To register your interest in future courses, please email or complete this form.

Basic Child Protection Course

Host School: King's College - The British School of Panama
Date: 26 August 2019
Delegate fee: 120 USD
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The Basic Child Protection course is equivalent to Level 1 training and is suitable for all school staff, irrespective of their position in the organisation, to have a basic understanding of safeguarding children and their responsibilities.

Course objectives:

  • Understand broad definitions of child abuse and neglect
  • Deal appropriately with disclosures
  • Have an awareness of how a child’s race, culture, gender and ability inform an assessment of their needs
  • Act appropriately on suspicion or knowledge that a child may be at risk of suffering harm
  • Understand the Child Protection system and professional roles within their organisation and the Country.
  • Understand how discrimination can impact on children and families in the child protection system and to develop anti-oppressive practice
  • Understand child abuse victim and offender behaviour
  • Understand how to respond and speak to children who have disclosed or are suspected of being abused.
  • Responsibilities in respect of FGM, Child Sexual Exploitation and Radicalisation and Extremism.
  • Gain knowledge of statutory and policy directives within their organisation

Safer Recruitment for International Schools

Safer Recruitment for International Schools - Muscat, Oman

Host School: British School Muscat, Oman
Date: 23 September 2019
Delegate Fees: 150 OMR for COBIS Members / 180 OMR for non-Members
For Whom? Suitable for Heads, Senior Leaders, HR Staff, and administrative staff.

Course Objectives:

  • Developing safer recruitment policies and procedures for your organisation
  • Preparing the recruitment process
  • Selecting the right people to interview
  • Carrying out thorough background checks
  • Responding to concerns identified through background checks and assessing risk
  • Responding to inappropriate behaviour and allegations of abuse
  • Having an awareness of 'professional' offending behaviour
  • Identify useful interview questions and evaluate answers
  • Produce induction of new staff to prevent poor practices


Safer Recruitment for International Schools - EduCare Online Course

For information about the online Safer Recruitment for International Schools course, please click here.