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Safeguarding symposium: keeping children safe in an international school

Symposium Overview

The inaugural Safeguarding Symposium is designed to ensure that international school staff are up-to-date with the latest thinking in terms of child safeguarding.

The Symposium will offer all participants the opportunity to hear the keynote speakers and trainers talk about (click on the links for full details):

The four expert trainers will run workshops (click on the links for full details) on:

Each of the trainers will repeat the workshops on the Sunday giving all participants the chance to attend two different workshops as well as hear all three trainers talk on their area of expertise.

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About the Trainers

Dr Joe Sullivan

Dr Joe Sullivan is a registered Forensic Psychologist with the Health Professionals Council (UK) and is on the British Psychological Society (BPS) register of Chartered Psychologists. He is the Director of Mentor Forensic Services Ltd, which is an organisation specialising in Behaviour Analysis, Child Protection and Professional Sexual Misconduct issues.  He holds a PhD in Forensic Psychology, a Masters Degree in Criminology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in applied Social Sciences, and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work.  Dr Sullivan is an honorary lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK and a lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in Criminology at the London Metropolitan University.

Dr Carlene Firmin

Dr Carlene Firmin MBE is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire, where she leads their Contextual Safeguarding and peer-on-peer abuse research programmes.  Carlene has spent the past 10 years researching young people’s experiences of community and group-based violence and advocated for comprehensive approaches that keep young people safe in public places. Carlene is a board member for NOTA and the Prison Reform Trust, has written on the issues of safeguarding and violence in the national newspaper, the Guardian, since 2010, and is widely published in the area of child welfare. In 2011 Carlene became the youngest black woman to receive an MBE for her seminal work on gang-affected young women in the UK.

Dr Jenny Lloyd

Dr Jenny Lloyd is a Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire within the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking. As a member of the Contextual Safeguarding team, she works on two research projects; within Hackney children and families social care to embed a contextual safeguarding approach, and with Ofsted to develop tools for identifying enablers and barriers to tackling harmful sexual behaviour in schools. Previously she has carried out local area audits to assess responses to peer-on-peer abuse and research into police models used to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Ann Marie Christian

Ann Marie has been working within children’s services and allied settings for over 20 years. She is a qualified social worker and has been specifically involved with safeguarding in education setting for 17 years. In that time she has undertaken a range of roles including school based social worker, Social Work Team Manager. LADO, Safeguarding Consultant, LSCB Trainer, LSCB Committee member, school improvement advisor and senior management responsibility for quality standards of safeguarding within local authority education departments. She is an accredited NSPCC (UK Child Protection Charity) Child Protection Trainer and an accredited Safer Recruitment Trainer.


View the Safeguarding schedule & directory.

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Symposium Details

Trainers: Dr Joe Sullivan, Dr Carlene Firmin, Ann Marie Christian, Dr Jenny Lloyd.

Who should attend: Administrators, counsellors, child safety leads, child protection officers, pastoral/well being staff, boarding house/residential care staff

When: Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 June 2018, 9am - 4pm (until 2.45pm on Sunday)

Where: UWCSEA East Campus, Library and Conference Centre

Symposium fees: US$465 | S$600*


*Symposium fees include certificate of attendance, any materials, a notepad, snacks and lunches. There is a 5% discount if you are registering three or more participants from the same school/organisation, and a 10% overall discount for five participants or more.





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