NESA Webinars

Child Protection Webinar Series


Laurie Tasharski, PERY AWAD & Ian Russell

Webinar 1: August 17, 2020
Webinar 2: August 24, 2020
Webinar 3: August 31, 2020

3:00-4:00pm (GMT+3)

This webinar series is open to all; offered at no cost to NESA Members and Affiliates. Participants may register for one, two, or all three webinars.



Identifying Child Protection Concerns During COVID Response and Recovery


August 17, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm (GMT+3)

No matter where you are in the cycle of school or home-based learning, identifying possible abuse or harm has never been more challenging. Review available tools including risk assessments and strategies that support student disclosure. Learn actions and policies that reduce risk, support safer virtual school, and include data protection compliance. Time will be provided for Q & A.



He Said/She Said: A case approach to professional development on child protection

Presented by NESA Regional Trainer, IAN RUSSELL, & LAURIE TASHARSKI, ICMEC

August 24, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm (GMT+3)

Addressing peer sexual harassment and assault is challenging. Using a real case, identify common mistakes in peer abuse case response. Learn a training approach you can replicate with your response team and identify additional professional development tools on the ICMEC Education Portal. Identify additional response protocols and application processes to submit a case or concern to the International Centre Response Team (ICRT) for free case support. Session will be co-presented by an experienced child protection designate from the region and time for Q & A will be provided.



Safer Hiring: Going beyond background checks

Presented by NESA Regional Trainer, PERY AWAD, & LAURIE TASHARSKI, ICMEC

August 31, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm (GMT+3)

Many schools are hiring additional teachers and tutors to support remote and socially distanced learning. Criminal background checks identify fewer than 0.2 percent of those with a sexual interest in children. Learn the tools and advice provided to schools to push that number to nearly 25 percent of possible offenders identified and screened out before they set foot on campus. This webinar will include five easy steps to make your hiring protocol safer.

Understand why steps like telegraphing your priorities and checking identity are critical and how you can ensure applicants know you are taking steps to cultivate an ethos of safety. Presenters will offer tips on managing your hiring timeline to maximize tight decision-making windows. The session will be co-presented with an experienced HR professional from the region, and time for Q & A will be provided.



While you wait for these webinars, you may be interested in further information available here:

Steve Barkley

Education Advisor & Facilitator

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children


Laurie Tasharski facilitates educator training and oversees all aspects of the ICMEC Education Portal including development, review, and creation of child protection resources for international schools and youth-serving organizations. Ms. Tasharski has lived and worked internationally for 26 years, primarily in training and education. Prior to her work in child protection, she facilitated professional development and taught in national, international, and British curriculum schools, receiving a Master of Education, First from Trinity College, Dublin.

Steve Barkley

Director of Human Resources

American School of Dubai


Pery Awad serves as the Director of Human Resources at The American School of Dubai. She has over 14 years’ experience as a human resources professional and has been associated with international schools in the NESA region for over 28 years. She has served as a school administrator as well as a consultant to schools in the Middle East throughout her career.

Steve Barkley

Director of Student Services


Ian D. Russell was raised overseas and attended international schools in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Italy and Belgium. He has worked as an educator in Saudi Arabia, Shanghai, Dallas, Kuwait, Bangkok and back in Saudi. He has ten years’ teaching experience in elementary school and has served as an assistant principal, principal, head of early childhood, associate director and currently as a director of student services where he works with child protection for an international school district.

Registration Fees

These online live webinars are open to all; offered at no cost to NESA Members & Affiliates.

Registration fees for participants at non-member institutions are USD $35 per session. Payment options will be sent via email.

Participants may register for one, two, or all three webinars.

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