Articles tagged with: child protection

Can you tell us who holds ultimate responsibility for an event?

Does a member of the PTA have to be present in the hall during the after-school sessions?

Do we need background checks (PVGs) on possible members of the Parent Council?

Oy, leave those kids alone!

We were fortunate enough to have Judith Hackitt, Chair of Health and Safety Executive, write this blog post for our website about the importance of play for children. Judith has written previously on the subject of young people and risk, you can find this on the HSE website. The Health and Safety Executive works to […]

What do young people and their parents want from self-directed support?

I Want the Same As You: Developing effective independent information and support services for children and young people accessing Self-directed Support The Social Care (Self-directed Support) Scotland Act 2013 came into force in 2014. Self-directed Support enables adults and children and young people to choose how their support is provided, and gives them as much control […]

Parents’ Voice – Protection of Vulnerable Groups Legislation, February 2015

Parents Voice is SPTC’s on-line survey group, comprising more than 1000 parents who receive occasional on-line surveys on topics relating to education and schooling.  Our last survey was on the topic of the new National Qualifications and parents’ experiences of the new exam system. We wanted to hear any comments or suggestions for improving the […]

Children & Young People’s Act – consultation – February 2015

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 is a wide-ranging piece of legislation, containing 18 parts and spanning policies that have developed over a number of years in relation to kinship care, care leavers, integrated services, pre-school education and GIRFEC. The government have launched a consultation on the statutory guidance for the Act – […]

Media issues for November 2014

Governance Removing schools from local authority control and setting up a national body to deliver education services could be one way to deal with looming cuts to public spending in Scotland, a parenting group has suggested. (Evening Times, 04/11/2014) Candidates are being sought for a new independent panel to make final decisions on school closure […]

Media issues for October 2014

Higher Education Undergraduates and employers reap benefits, says Alastair Sim. (Scotsman, 02/10/2014) A GROUNDBREAKING initiative to teach Advanced Highers to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds at a university hub rather than school has been backed by the Education Secretary. (Herald Scotland, 02/10/2014) EDINBURGH is the highest at 36th in the world, followed by Glasgow at 94, […]

Media issues for September 2014

Child Protection Postgraduate certificate from NSPCC Scotland and Stirling University wants to equip practitioners for the reality of their work. (Guardian, 01/09/2014) Religion SCOTLAND’S denominational schools would be given constitutional protection in the event of independence, an SNP Government minister has claimed. (Herald Scotland, 15/09/2014) Health A hundred schools across Scotland are attempting to drive […]

Media issues for August 2014

Exams  NEW school qualifications have been hailed a success after more than a year of upheaval in the classroom, although pass rates at Higher and Advanced Higher have fallen. (Herald Scotland, 05/08/2014) TENS of thousands of school students across Scotland will receive their exam results today, with the pass rate falling slightly for the first time in […]

PACE – Parents against child sexual exploitation

PVG for Parent Councils and PTAs – CANCELLED


Flushed with Success Round Table Event – June 2014

June 2014 Report by SPTC director Jeanna Brady. Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People helps young people understand their rights and to make sure those rights are respected. Their goal is for children and young people in Scotland to be as safe and happy as possible. Flushed with Success? is the Commissioner’s campaign for […]

National Parent Forum Scotland and Children in Scotland partnership

May 2014 – Working partnership between National Parent Forum Scotland and Children in Scotland The National Parent Forum of Scotlandhas announced its new working partnership with Children in Scotland.  NPFS decided it needed a more formal administrative support system after recognising how much of the parent volunteers’ time had been taken up during the implementation of […]

Children’s Hearings Scotland Act – One Year On 2014

May 2014 The Scottish Child Law Centre is a small charity providing free legal information and advice to children, young people, their families, carers and external organisations on Scots Law relating to children and young people. The SCLC held a conference to discuss the Children’s Hearings Scotland Act of 2011 and how successful the implementation […]

Media issues for April 2014

School news A pupil has died after a wall inside the building of an Edinburgh school collapsed and landed on top of her. (BBC News, 01/04/2014) Police teams are searching Kelso High School after what they have described as a suspicious phone call. (Selkirk Weekend Advertiser, 01/04/2014) How safe are our school buildings? (BBC News, 02/04/2014) […]

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) legislation for PCs/PTAs, Dumbarton

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SPTC comment on review of legal checks for overseas teachers

The Herald Scotland reported yesterday that the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) are advising that teachers coming from overseas should not be made to provide criminal background checks. GTCS argue that these checks are costly and in many cases impractical as some countries may not hold criminal records. Or they may define certain incidences […]

Media Issues for March 2014

Early Learning and Child Care The age children start school should be lowered to four to help create a “level playing field” for all youngsters, a think tank has suggested. (The Courier, 02/03/2014) Private school child care probed. (The Courier, 10/03/2014) A nursery run by the City of Edinburgh Council has achieved a clean sweep […]