WHAT WE DO.

We exist to equip organizations to protect staff and students through effective child safety programmes. Being a CSPN Member organization gives you and your team access to a wide variety of benefits that enable you to thrive and be supported by peers and like-minded organizations. Keep scrolling to discover how membership could equip your organization.

As an international school, we are indebted to CSPN for resources, training, and networking. It’s a community of like-minded people who are passionate about safeguarding children and it is wonderful how organizations and schools are willing to share freely so that we all can benefit, broadening the scope of safety around the globe.

JACKI STEINKAMP, CHILD SAFETY COORDINATOR, DALAT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

TRAINING & CONFERENCES.

One of the key tools that CSPN offers its members is its training courses and conferences where we gather to share ideas and resources concerning proactive approaches to child safety and protection.

RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING (RTT)

” Thanks so much for these 3 days of intense but incredibly valuable training.
Going back to my child protection role with such helpful resources. “

RTT provides three days of intensive modular training designed to equip your organization with the knowledge and skills to respond to a report of harm to a child. We will look at the principles of Child Safety and Misconduct Assessments and give you a toolbox to help you make decisions and create safety plans.

Using a Process Map, you will navigate your way through different ‘real life’ scenarios that will bring principle-based theory to life. Table-based discussions and group work enhance shared learning and provide excellent networking opportunities.

*RTT is also available in an online format stretching over six weeks.

This course is not a general child safety prevention training, although it will help you to identify where gaps may be in your own context. This course is ideally for personnel in your organization or school who are child safety team members responsible for or involved in dealing with an incident of harm (or risk of harm) to a child. Attendees might also include field leaders or member care providers who would benefit from understanding the Response Process.

Mission agencies and international schools are encouraged to send 2-4 people to the same RTT event.

We typically run 4-5 training courses per year across the globe — typically Asia, Africa, North America, Europe. We are open to invitations by any member organization who wishes to host an RTT.

PROGRAMME ESSENTIALS TRAINING (PET)

” This training was exactly what we needed to get going. The elements and focus on how to get from where we are to where we want to go was empowering.
I am going back with a place to start and bench marks to measure the development of our Child Safety Program. “

” I have not read or known a great course as this, especially for those in Latin America, it is quite a new theme and the knowledge received in PET is excellent to build a program in our organizations… “

Keeping children safe within organizations requires a broad understanding of the overarching principles of safeguarding. PET is a three-day course designed to equip the people responsible for organizational child safety with the knowledge, skills and resources to develop a comprehensive child safety programme.  Key topics will include: governance, scope of responsibility; understanding your organisational culture; duty of care; legal obligations and policy development. Each of the three modules will include a topical overview, foundational components and practical application.

PET is designed for policy makers and leaders who have responsibility for implementing, developing, and managing the child safety programme in their schools or organizations.  These leaders are not necessarily the ‘hands on’ members of a child safety response team or even those who are delivering curriculum. Organizations with established child safety programmes and policies will also benefit greatly from attending this training to learn current best practices in developing a principle-based child safety programme and policy. Suggested attendees are HR leaders, managers, school administrators, board members or anyone involved in strategy and implementation. 

ANNUAL & REGIONAL CONFERENCES

” I can’t remember when last I went to such a worthwhile conference.
I was thankful that no topic was avoided, even very difficult ones… “

Members are invited to attend our Annual CSPN Conference which also includes the business meeting where key proposals are brought up for vote. This is a promise opportunity to network together and share resources and ideas. Each year has a different theme, guest plenary speakers and workshop leaders providing guidance on strategic topics.

SAVE THE DATE:  2023 Global Conference – March 22-25, 2023

THEME:  “Flourishing Families”

The Regional Conferences provide an opportunity for members to meet together in ‘their part of the world’ and to receive updates and input on the issues that matter most to them. We often run a two-day conference as a pre-cursor to the Response Team or Programme Essentials Training.  During regional conferences we look at child safety in that particular geographical context.

An exciting new development is a plan to expand the provision of regional ‘stand-alone’ conferences which will make CSPN’s training and resources more accessible to our members.

SUPPORT NETWORKING.

” It has been quite the exhausting week and frankly I can’t imagine having survived this week responding to this child safety concern without all of your support.
‘Thank you’ doesn’t seem sufficient to convey our gratitude. Really — we couldn’t have done this well without your support.”

In addition to connecting at conferences, members are able to find and connect with our entire network of organizations and schools around the world at any time. CSPN also facilities 1:1 SUPPORT NETWORKING with experienced child safety leads on specific topics such as screening, cultural and contextual considerations, member care, and policy writing.

Members can also join our monthly online TABLE TALK – each month a different member leads a topical discussion on best practices, key child safety principles, recent advances in our understanding of child safety, or biblical applications of child safety.  Intermittent breakout groups provide a wonderful time to be introduced to, network with and feel supported by fellow child safety leads all around the world.  The large group discussions create a synergy that gives us all a deeper understanding of the topic and new ways to apply the information in our own organization.

RESOURCES.

” When I was tasked with revising our child safety policy it was so useful to be able to access other organisations’ child safety policies and review their documents. “

We maintain a library of resources and policy examples that help guide our members in developing and strengthening their programmes. Members can also access recordings of past conferences, training material and presentations.

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