Protecting children: a shared responsibility

For children to be effectively protected it is essential that everyone accepts responsibility for the welfare of children. For this to be effective within education, it means that everyone must be aware of child protection arrangements, alert to the needs of children and clear about their own contributions to the system.

This applies equally to state and privately funded education and all who work within these systems, whether providing nursery, primary, secondary or special education, and to those involved in holiday and out of school provision. This guidance is designed to highlight the roles and responsibilities of all those working within education in relation to the welfare and protection of children and young people.

The Scottish Executive
The Stationery Office