Providing a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn and flourish is central to the ethos of all independent schools. As well as having a trained child-protection co-ordinator each school will have strict riles governing child protection policies and procedures.
Independent School Inspections
Independent schools are open to inspection by Education Scotland in the same way as those maintained by education authorities. In those cases where there is a residential component within the school (nursery/boarding) the Care Inspectorate will carry out inspections, often in conjunction with Education Scotland.
All SCIS schools have an Anti-Bullying Policy which sets out how bullying should be dealt with in schools.
SCIS supports the advice within ‘Respect for All’ and recommend that individual schools continue to develop and improve recording and monitoring systems in keeping with their chosen management information system.
Respect for All is the national approach to Anti-bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People and aims to provide an overarching framework and context for all anti-bullying work that is undertaken in Scotland. The approach aims to build capacity, resilience and skills in children and young people, and all those who play a role in their lives, to prevent and deal with bullying.
As with state schools independent schools have robust and safe selection and recruitment procedures in place to ensure that all employees undertaking regulated work with children and young people are members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme.
Staff also participate in regular, relevant professional learning.