Child Protection in Education

Every child or young person has the “right to be protected from all forms of harm and abuse”. National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021
Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment and may involve inflicting harm or failing to act to prevent harm.

Child protection is the responsibility of all who work with children and families regardless of whether they come into direct contact with children or not. Education practitioners and all schools and Early Learning and Childcare setting staff, play a crucial role in the support and protection of children as well as the development of their wellbeing. The role of the Named Person in education services is key to the identification of wellbeing concerns and the assessment and planning to improve outcomes. Education staff are likely to have the greatest level of day-to-day contact with children and are well placed to observe physical and psychological changes in a child that could indicate abuse