Gordonstoun’s commitment to the wellbeing, care and protection of every child and young person in our Junior and Senior Schools is paramount. In every aspect of the pastoral care and curriculum experience we endorse the national focus on ‘getting it right for every child’ and our commitment to ensuring our compliance with the Children and Young People’s Act (Scotland) 2014 supports this focus. We currently await the Government’s guidance in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on sections of the Act with regard to appropriate and proportionate information sharing, and we are working closely in partnership with government as the necessary changes to the information sharing provisions are developed.
Attached are two documents which describe and detail essential information about wellbeing care and child protection procedures at Gordonstoun. One is designed for parents, carers and students, and outlines all key aspects of our wellbeing care, pastoral structures and child protection processes. It assures students, staff, parents and the broader community that our provision of care for all our students is entirely respectful and protective of their privacy, focuses on free and transparent access to the best possible wellbeing support, and facilitates appropriate reporting of concerns. Our deep awareness of these responsibilities underpins every aspect of our pastoral care.
The second document is a guidance leaflet handed to every member of teaching and support staff at the School, when they receive their initial Child Protection training. It summarises the key principles, processes and points of contact every adult employed by the School is contracted to understand, know and follow in their interaction with the children and young people in our care.
‘The principle is that it is everyone’s job to prevent problems occurring, or to intervene to offer help…at the earliest opportunity. Procedures and guidance cannot in themselves protect children: a competent, skilled and confident workforce, together with a vigilant public, can.’
If you have any questions please contact the Wellbeing & Child Protection Co-ordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Protection Co-ordinator