The aim of our Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative is to reduce the poverty related attainment gap. Reducing the gap however, cannot be achieved with a single action, it requires many interventions and collaborations working in concert to achieve this. For an impact report of one element of the collaborative network trying to support this change it is very difficult to assess the direct impact of your actions. What we can say however, is that our RIC has helped build collaboration, share best practice and has had a role in improving pedagogy. Regional Improvement Collaboratives were built on the idea that by developing collaborative professionalism we could improve pedagogy, enhance the learning experience and improve outcomes for our children and young people. Whilst there is a long way to go, we believe that this report demonstrates that we have impacted positively on practitioner skills and pedagogy and acted as a catalyst, supporting greater collaborative working.
Click here to access our FV&WL RIC Strategic Plan 2022-24
Our FV&WL RIC aims to add value to the service our Local Authorities provide. Our role is to support
our Local Authorities to enhance the educational experience and outcomes for all of our
children and young people.
Through collaborate collegiate working we can collectively:-
1. Better support the professional development of our practitioners through enhanced
2. Build professional networks to allow our practitioners to collaborate and share best
3. Provide opportunities to broaden and enhance curricular opportunities for all our
children and young people.
Given the limited resources of our RIC the main focus of our work will be targeted at those
learners who are at the greatest disadvantage through circumstances such as poverty. It is
hoped however, that by developing pedagogy and skills, and by building practice sharing
networks that all learners in our RIC will benefit from improved pedagogy and broader
Our RIC therefore has the following specific aims over the course of this three year strategic plan:-
• To improve the quality of the learning pathways of learners affected by poverty
• To work collaboratively and proportionately to raise the attainment/achievement of
learners affected by poverty
• To facilitate support and professional development to support educational recovery
and accelerate progress.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has released new figures on child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation online. Findings include: 97% of all child sexual abuse material identified in 2021 featured the sexual abuse of girls, compared with 65% of all imagery ten years ago.
Channel 4 has aired a documentary on the Metaverse, which looks at the harmful content young people could be exposed to on the 3D virtual online community.
Inside the Metaverse Are You Safe? Dispatches – All 4 (channel4.com)
The May 2022 edition of the CyberScotland Bulletin
has been published.
Keeping Children Safe: Tackling Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour Conference
Monday 27th June 14:00 – 17:00 online via Microsoft Teams
Stop It Now! Scotland, in partnership with the RS Macdonald Trust.
Technology assisted harmful sexual behaviour online is when children and young people use the internet or technology such as mobile phones to engage in sexual activity that may be harmful to themselves or others. It is a growing issue for all professionals with a role safeguarding children and young people.
This online conference will showcase learning from Reducing Online Sexual Abuse (ROSA) project that ran between 2018 and 2021 in Glasgow. The project was co-located in Shawlands Academy a large high school in Glasgow and the HALT project for children who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. Throughout the four years we worked with young people who displayed online harmful sexual behaviour and also engaged collaboratively with young people to develop initiatives that prevent online peer on peer sexual abuse, harassment and exploitation in school settings.
To register for this FREE event please visit Eventbrite here.
The National Cyber Security Centre are encouraging schools and Local Authorities to sign up for the following services :
Mail Check – supports schools and Local Authorities with keeping messages encrypted as they are sent over the internet. Mail check also help prevent various attacks.
Web check -Web Check checks your websites for common web vulnerabilities and misconfigurations. The checks are designed to impose low load on sites and to avoid damaging them.
These are two pioneering services that help organisations identify potential cyber security issues and fix them promptly.
Please find below an update of information from Child Protection Committees Scotland.
Technology Assisted Sexual Harm Webinar
NOTA Scotland and the Forensic Network will host this free webinar on 29/04/22, 13:00 – 15:00. Stuart Allardyce, Stop It Now! Scotland, Scott Hunter, Education Scotland and DC Stewart Fleming, Police Scotland will deliver presentations on Tackling Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Schools and the ‘You, Me, Together’ Educational Resource. Sexual Harm: Young People in Focus April 2022 (eventsforce.net)
Scottish Government Online Safety Campaign
The Scottish Government national Child Online Safety campaign aims to increase awareness of the importance of online safety to parents and carers of children aged 8-11 year olds. There is a Toolkit for partners and a supporting hub with practical ideas and advice for parents. Child Online Safety – Partner Resources | Parent Club
Online safety and relationships
CEOP has created a new website for children aged 11-18 that has information on online safety and relationships. 11-18s | CEOP Education (thinkuknow.co.uk)
Children’s media use
Ofcom has released a report exploring how media was understood and used by children and young people aged 3-17 in the UK in 2021. Findings include: in the past 12 months, 36% of children aged 8-17 said they had seen something ‘worrying or nasty’ online. Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2022 – Ofcom
Reported by BBC News-Rise of the five-year-old ‘TikTots’
Children as young as five use social media, despite most platforms having rules users must be over the age of 13.
An annual study into media habits, from Ofcom, highlighted the mini social-media mavens, with a third of parents of five- to seven-year-olds revealing their child had a social-media profile.
Among the eight- to 11-year-olds who used social media, the most popular platform was TikTok, with one in every three having an account.
TikTok is a “strictly a 13+ platform”.
A spokesman for the viral video-sharing platform said: “We have processes in place to enforce our minimum-age requirements, both at the point of sign-up and through the continuous proactive removal of suspected under-age accounts from the platform.
“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our community, especially young people.”
The report noted even younger children – TikTots as Ofcom dubbed them – were watching videos on TikTok, including 16% of the three- to four-year-olds.
But this could be children being shown videos by a parent or other older person and does not imply they have own accounts.
Ofcom strategy and research director Yih-Choung Teh said the findings were “really striking”.
“I have an 11-year-old and an eight-year-old,” he said, “60% of their peers have a social-media profile, which I find a bit surprising.
“Big-tech platforms set minimum ages in their terms and conditions – but it does seem that they aren’t really being enforced.”
But Mr Teh also said parents had to be aware of what their children were doing online.
“It’s not always very easy to tell what they’re watching and I think, as a parent, we have responsibilities to have a good dialogue with our kids about what they are doing,” he said.
But the survey also found 22% of parents of three- to four year-olds and 38% of parents of eight- to 11-year-olds said they would allow their child to have a profile on social media before they reached the minimum age.
“Many children could be tactically using other accounts or ‘finstas’ – fake Instagrams – to conceal aspects of their online lives from parents,” Ofcom suggested.
Instagram is an over-13’s platform and offers a number of parental controls.
But across social media many children choose to have multiple profiles on the same social media app or site the survey suggested.
Two out of every three of eight- to 11-year-olds surveyed used multiple accounts or profiles on social media, the regulator said.
“Among these, almost half (46%) have an account just for their family to see,” it noted.
The survey also found one out of every five of children aged 12-17, surfed in incognito mode or deleted their browsing history.
The just published Online Safety Bill makes it a legal requirement for sites and platforms that show pornography to prevent children accessing inappropriate or harmful material.
But a significant minority may already be adept at working around technologies designed to prevent access to inappropriate material, the survey suggests.
One in 20 children “circumvented parental controls put in place to stop them visiting certain apps and sites (6%)” Ofcom said.
Mr Teh said those who were digital natives would often have skills beyond many of their parents.
The key was “ensuring that we have a good awareness of the online environment, what tools that we can use in terms of parental controls, but also that we have conversations with our kids about what they’re doing”.
But the study also found the children had many positive experiences online.
Despite significant concerns, 53% of the 13- to 17-year-olds told Ofcom being online was good for their mental health, while 17% disagreed.
The survey also found 70% of the adults were confident they could spot misinformation – but only 20% could correctly identify the tell-tale signs of a genuine post.
Among the 12- to 17-year-olds, these proportions were nearly 75% and just over 10%.
Analysis Mike Wendling, BBC Trending
Perhaps the really surprising statistic in the Ofcom research is so many people – more than two out of every three – are pretty sceptical about what they see online.
But there is one problem – they are vastly overconfident in their abilities to pick out truth from fiction.
Only about one in four of those surveyed could spot a fake social-media profile in practice.
And while a common trope stereotypes misinformation spreaders as clueless boomers spouting off on Facebook, digital natives are not much better at fake spotting.
Only about one in 10 of the 12- to 17-year-olds could identify the tell-tale signs of a genuine post.
And remember, the UK is among the most wired and technology-savvy countries in the world.
When it comes to media literacy, there is big work to be done.
The Online Safety Bill requires the technology giants to remove the most harmful misinformation and boost Ofcom’s powers.
But with a problem this complex – and misinformation polluting the online conversation about everything from Covid to the war in Ukraine – nobody is under the illusion it can be magically legislated away.
Please click on the link below for an update on ASN Resources that have been added to the national RSHP Resource.
To take this forward, Education Scotland, Scottish Government, NHS and Rosslyn School (Fife) will present a webinar.
New RSHP Resource for CYP with complex ASN – Thursday 28th April 4-5pm
At this webinar we will:
- introduce this exciting new resource which compliments the main national rshp.scot resource
- take you through the resource itself
- demonstrate how one special school is already using the materials with their children and parents.
The webinar will be facilitated by Education Scotland, Scottish Government, NHS and Rosslyn School (Fife). To register for a place on the event please use the link below:
Technology Assisted Sexual Harm Webinar
NOTA Scotland and the Forensic Network will host this free webinar on 29th April 2022 1pm – 3pm, joined by Stuart Allardyce, Director – Stop It Now! Scotland, Scott Hunter, Education Officer – Education Scotland and DC Stewart Fleming, Specialist Crime Division – Domestic Abuse Co-ordination Unit – Police Scotland.
Stuart and Scott will deliver a presentation on Tackling Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Schools. DC Fleming’s presentation will focus on the ‘You, Me, Together’ Educational Resource which has been developed in collaboration with Education Scotland. Click on this link to access further information. Sexual Harm: Young People in Focus April 2022 (eventsforce.net)
NCA – Sexual Offences via dating apps used by young people
The National Crime Agency has published statistics on sexual offences initiated via online dating submitted to the Serious Crime Analysis Section (SCAS) for the period 2003 to 2021. Findings from 671 cases available for analysis during the period show that: in 3.8% of cases the victim was aged 15 years or less and 19.8% were in the 15-19 age group. More under 20s sexually assaulted after meeting offenders on dating sites – Click on this link for more information National Crime Agency
Click on the link below to access the NSPCC’s Safeguarding in Education Newsletter which contains a number of features relating to Wellbeing.
If you wish to sign up to receive the NSPCC Safeguarding newsletter click on the link below.
The NSPCC also have a website dedicated to Online Safety which can be accessed here-
Open to all Education Staff across Forth Valley and West Lothian
5 Key Strategies to Build and Maintain Mental Resilience presented by Emma Bell
Thursday 24th March 2022 4-5pm
Do you want to remain calm, grounded and resilient in the face of pressure and stress?
Join Emma Bell- Audible Bestselling Author and Multi-Award Winning Speaker as she presents an interactive online webinar- ‘5 Key Strategies to Build and Maintain Mental Resilience’
‘During this interactive online webinar, you will learn 5 practical ways in which you can build your mental resilience and thrive in the face of difficulties, large and small. You’ll be inspired by stories of remarkable individuals who flourished through adversity using these same strategies, and who shared them with author of ‘9 Secrets to Thriving’, Emma Bell, during her 3-year worldwide research into what makes us resilient. You will be able to immediately apply these strategies in your own life and work, to remain calm, grounded and resilient in the face of pressure and stress. ‘
Sign up via CPD Manager- Course ID-78205 Course Code-RICHWB1
***If you do not have access to CPD Manager, and wish to join the course, please use the contact button (Julie Bell) on the Health and Wellbeing Landing Page ***