PREVENT is embedded within the legislative safeguarding duties of all education authorities and schools. Professional update for educational staff is undertaken through the routine sessions delivered by education authorities and the SCIS ( Scottish Council for Independent Schools)
In Scotland, we have a distinctive approach to safeguarding in Scotland linking to Getting It Right for Every Child which promotes action to improve the wellbeing of every child and young person. Safeguarding is the golden thread that runs through the curriculum. The aim is to support the development of learner’s knowledge, skills and resilience to keep themselves safe and protect themselves and to develop an understanding of the world so that they can respond to a range of issues and potential risky situations arising throughout their lives. As such, it permeates many features of the education experience life – leadership, values, vision, the curriculum, teaching and learning, positive relationships, learner resilience, etc.
Education Scotland, working closely with the City of Glasgow Council is hosting a PREVENT conference on 24 February to be held in Lourdes Secondary School. Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s languages, will open the conference. The conference is targeted at strategic education leaders across the wider education community covering education authorities, colleges, independent schools and third sector organisations involved in supporting the PREVENT agenda, it will be led and facilitated by young people from the school. Keynote speakers will include colleagues from Education Scotland, Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the young people from Lourdes.
Following the strategic conference, in the summer term, a number of regional events will be held for practitioners focused on curriculum support to ensure teachers and other educational staff are supported to embed the PREVENT agenda into key curricular areas, including RME, social subjects and HWB. These regional events will show case best practice and have input from curricular leaders within Education Scotland.
Education Scotland recently published (September 2015) HGIOS4. Within the document a new quality indicator focused on Safeguarding has been developed. This QI outlines the clear expectations of all schools, colleges, early learning and childcare centres in protecting children and young people