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CHILD PROTECTION

NESA & ICMEC Child Protection Strategy Sessions

Elevate your child protection journey with NESA peers

LED BY DEBBIE DOWNES, Director of Global School Initiatives, ICMEC

ICMEC

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED

Please contact maria@nesacenter.org for more information.


DATE

Sep 19, 2023, JAN 23 & MAY 14, 2024

TIME

3:00-4:00PM GMT+3/+2

ELIGIBILITY

OPEN TO NESA MEMBERS & AFFILIATES

COST

PER SCH REG FEE

AUDIENCE

FOR CP LEADS & TEAM MEMBerS

EVENT TYPE

ONLINE


ABOUT THE MEETINGS

Plan, learn forward, and reflect alongside fellow NESA school-based child protection team members and safeguarding leads. These three online collaborative meetings will help structure your child protection learning and program development for the year, with a September setup meeting, a mid-year check in, and an end-of-year check in and review.

In all sessions, there will be time for questions and a chance for schools to receive support for any current safeguarding concerns they might be addressing. ICMEC Director of Global School Initiatives Debbie Downes will lead engagement and provide templates to assist with further program development and review, providing framing for the best practices outlined in the Child Protection Team Member Training, Level 1 offering.

Please note: Certificates will not be issued for these planning meetings, and sessions will not be recorded.

TARGET AUDIENCE

NESA Member and Affiliate School child safeguarding leads and child protection team members.

SCHEDULE

The three 1-hour sessions will take place on Tuesdays, from 3:00-4:00pm Athens, Greece time (GMT+3/GMT+2):

      • Session 1: September 19, 2023
      • Session 2: January 23, 2024
      • Session 3: May 14, 2024 (rescheduled from April 30)

Debbie Downes

DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL SCHOOL INITIATIVES, ICMEC

In August 2022, Debbie Downes joined the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children as the Director of Global School Initiatives. In this role, she develops and provides child protection training, support, and resources to schools around the world. She has been supporting ICMEC’s work as a regional trainer since July 2020.

Debbie has worked in international education for 18 years, first as an elementary teacher, then as school principal, and then as Accreditation and Child Protection Lead for Quality Schools International. She developed and revised handbooks, policies, and resources to support child protection efforts at a group of 36 international schools. She also supported schools with on-site and virtual professional development.

Debbie’s background in child protection includes an MSW from the University of California at Berkeley and several years of experience working in the court unit of Children and Family Services in Contra Costa County, California. Debbie’s overseas career began with three years as a health education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Kolda, Senegal. She has since lived with her husband, two children, and two rescue dogs in Thailand, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Slovenia, and her current location of Minsk, Belarus.   


Registration Fees

  • NESA Member & Affiliate Schools registration fee: US$50 per school

Fees quoted are per school, and include unlimited attendance for your school's CP team for all three sessions.

Please review the Cancellation Notice before registering.