Guidance strengthened on handling allegations against school staff in Scotland

The Learning Directorate at Scottish Government have revised the current guidance on handling allegations against school staff in Scotland, currently contained in the Safe and Well Handbook (2005). This is in order to strengthen it with regard to the issues of confidentiality and unwanted publicity during investigations into allegations made against members of staff in schools.

Following consultation with stakeholders, they have now agreed a revised guidance note. This guidance note should now replace the existing guidance on allegations against staff contained in the A-Z section of the Safe and Well Handbook and sit alongside local authorities' locally agreed procedures for the investigation of allegations made against members of school staff.

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Social service workers urged to have zero tolerance for unacceptable levels of care

Over the next two weeks, every social worker, social care worker and early years’ worker registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC News) will receive information through their letterbox and inbox from their regulatory body emphasising their personal responsibility to report poor practice in care services by colleagues or providers.

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Safer recruitment update - taking account of the protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG)

This guidance has been updated to reflect the changes as a result of the introduction of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) legislation.

There were also changes as a result of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

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Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) free checks - role of CRBS

Providers of voluntary services are no longer entitled to free PVG checks for the purposes of care service registration.

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Clackmannanshire Council Scrutiny Report

We have now published our scrutiny report on Clackmannanshire Council's delivery of social work services.

Click here to read the report

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