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Happy Kids Huddle

Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

Child Protection

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Child Protection Series

Facilitated by Debbie Downes, Director of Global School Initiatives 
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC)



  • May 4 | 15:00-17:00 CET

  • May 17 | 15:00-17:00 CET

  • June 7 | 15:00-17:00 CET


This course enables deep training of school-based child protection response teams to fulfill accreditation standards. Experts will support response team work on creation and audit of child protection policies and supplemental policies, such as online safety and child-on-child abuse. Teams will work together to develop shared values around child protection while evaluating their institutional risks and vulnerabilities.

  •  The ITFCP allegation protocol will be introduced, and teams will use case reviews to understand victim and offender behavior. Topics addressed include first responder question formation, and the grooming process. Individual team planning using course-provided scaffolding will be emphasized. Support and resources for whole staff training will be provided through the training-of-trainers approach.

  • Because the planning time is collaborative, schools are encouraged to send multiple team members.

Target Audience:
This training is geared solely towards response teams. Response teams are comprised of child protection designates and deputies, senior leaders and designated board members, counselors, HR professionals, athletic and activity directors, nurse/medical staff, and staff with special child protection responsibilities including IT, social emotional learning (SEL), trips/service learning, and curriculum areas of vulnerability including early years, special needs/SEN, athletics, music and performing arts.
·      Understand child protection accreditation standards and foundational beliefs.
·      Determine needed policies and stages of implementation.
·      Identify supporting resources, including ITFCP Allegation Protocol, audits, and CP policy samples.
·      Work as a team to enhance or create CP policies and procedures.
·      Prioritize supplemental policies.
·      Understand basic victim and offender behavior.
·      Identify and accomplish five fast tasks that make your school safer.

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