ISS Continues to Support Worldwide Child Protection Efforts

Keith Cincotta, ISS Director of School Services

ISS is committed to children’s safety and well-being. Recently employees in the ISS Princeton office became part of the child protection movement when they completed the Stewards of Children® training offered by Darkness to Light (D2L). D2L, a non-profit organization based in the US, is “committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse.” ISS will also be offering this training around the world in schools and at conferences in the upcoming year.

Research has indicated that adult awareness, education and training are the most effective ways of mitigating this type of abuse. D2L offers a range of trainings and resources around the issue of childhood sexual abuse that are appropriate for school communities. The Stewards of Children® program is an evidence-based training focused on community behavior change and helping adults learn the facts about the sexual abuse of children, how to talk about the issue to children and in their communities, and how to react responsibly when abuse is uncovered.

School leaders are encouraged to support training and systematic implementation of best practice policies and procedures at their schools. Laura Light, ISS Director of Global Recruitment, is a founding member of the International Task Force for Child Protection, as well as a leader in the establishment of best practices in educator recruiting. ISS is also a partner with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children and helped develop the comprehensive set of child protection resources and tools for educators (available on their website). All ISS Managed Schools have taken action to improve child protection by developing, revising and implementing child protection policies, faculty codes of conduct and best practices in recruiting.

If your school is interested in participating in the Stewards of Children® workshop on an individual or school-wide basis please email Keith Cincotta, Darkness to Light Authorized Facilitor, at kcincotta@iss.edu.


oct17_keith.jpgKeith Cincotta is the ISS Director of School Services and Senior Leadership Executive for an ISS-managed school in Africa. He serves as a student services and school counseling consultant for ISS and has also authored feasibility studies for school start-up projects in Cape Verde and Ghana. Prior to joining ISS, Keith was a High School Principal and Secondary School Counselor/College Advisor for fifteen years, working overseas in Pakistan and Dubai. Keith has advanced degrees in Counseling and Educational Leadership from Lehigh University.