Following the announcement from John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Education, that the Scottish Government’s position has shifted to planning for 100% of pupils returning to school full time in August, there has inevitably been some mixed feelings. For many parents there is relief but for some parents, children and particularly teachers, there remains uncertainty and trepidation about what the new classroom normal will look like and what it means for them.
Given concerns that lock-down has seen a sharp increase in instances of child abuse and neglect which have largely gone unreported, it is imperative that those working with children and young people are supported in knowing how to identify and support those children who most need it on their return to school, and in particular those children who had perhaps not been identified as being at risk before lockdown.
Red Harbour’s live online forum on child protection will hear from a panel of experts on the context behind some of the child protection issues which our audience may encounter upon the resumption of school based learning, as well as equipping you with some of the tools and techniques to help you identify those vulnerable children in your care and how best to support them.
Children behind closed doors: current concerns and future expectations
Tam Baillie, Vice-Chair, Child Protection Committees Scotland and ex-Commissioner for Children & Young People
The impact of Covid-19 on children: promoting recovery after lockdown
Joanne Smith, Public Affairs Officer, NSPCC Scotland
Returning to school after lockdown; an abuse prevention perspective
Stuart Allardyce, Director, Stop It Now! Scotland