Child protection for all: an introduction and refresher

Late September/October 2020

As part of Engage Scotland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have adapted our training and events programme to a digital format using Zoom for the next few months.

Working with Children in Scotland and NSPCC Scotland we have developed two training sessions in child protection followed up with a webinar covering online safeguarding when working digitally with children and young people.

This training is for people working in Scotland.

Whilst the child protection systems are different in each of the UK’s four nations, they are all based on similar principles. Scotland has its own framework of legislation, guidance and practice to identify children who are at risk of harm.

This training comprises three elements:

  • two training sessions on child protection. Participants will receive a CPD certificate in introduction to child protection
  • a webinar covering online safeguarding when working digitally with children and young people in the visual arts

Training delivered online by NSPCC Scotland via Zoom

We are running the initial child protection for all training over two sessions in groups of 12 people so please book for either Group 1 or Group 2 as below. The online safeguarding webinar will bring both groups together.

Sessions 1 and 2

Group 1

Wednesday 30 September 202010:00 am – 11:30 am
Thursday 1 October 202010:00 am – 11:45 am

Group 2

Monday 5 October 202010:00 am – 11:30 am
Tuesday 6 October 202010:00 am – 11:45 am

Session 3

Online safeguarding when working digitally with children and young people in the visual arts

Monday 26 October 2020

Aim of the course

This training will offer an overview of child protection in Scotland, Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) framework of child welfare and wellbeing and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to respond appropriately with competence and confidence to help keep the children and young people you work with safe from harm. Reference will be made throughout to the recently updated Creative Scotland/Children in Scotland Creating Safety publication.

Key learning

  • Identify what is meant by child protection and child abuse
  • Recognise signs and indicators of abuse and neglect
  • Explore legislation and guidance in Scotland that provides the framework for child protection underpinned by GIRFEC
  • Learn how to recognise, respond, report and record concerns in line with your own procedures.
  • Understand barriers to children, young people and adults reporting concerns.

By joining this training you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your skills and knowledge in keeping children and young people safe
  • Share your own practice and learn from others
  • Build contacts and network to support you in keeping children and young people safe
  • Explore scenarios that could arise in settings within a gallery and museum, challenging artwork or exhibitions and collections where concerns for children and young people may arise and explore emerging themes of child protection.
  • Gain an understanding of the need to have effective and robust child protection policy and procedures to help create a child-safe organisation, protect children from risk and abuse to ensure they enjoy learning experiences and to protect staff and organisational reputation.

On completion of the training, you will receive a certificate of attendance and will be invited to attend a webinar session to explore working within the digital world. This will include platforms for delivery that are suitable for children and young people, live streaming and gaining consent while delivering digital sessions for children and young people.


NSPCC’s vision for children is a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential. NSPCC exists to prevent children from cruelty and to provide protection for them.

NSPCC Scotland strives to be a learning organisation that values the development and dissemination of knowledge and skills throughout the organisation.

Training and development provided by NSPCC Scotland Training and Consultancy seeks to contribute to these goals and promote the values of the organisation.

Who is it for?

Educators and curators at visual arts and heritage organisations along with artists and freelancers working with children and young people in Scotland.


Personal member £40
Personal non-member£45
Organisational member £55
Non-member organisation£65

The cost of this training is subsidised by Engage Scotland.

Numbers at the Child protection for all training sessions are limited to 12 per group so please book early to make sure of a place.

If you have any questions about booking or would like this information in another format, please contact Engage Scotland

Technical requirements for attendees

You can attend this training from anywhere using a compatible computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone connected to the internet.

Please note, some organisations have additional security settings that may prevent you from accessing the training on a work device. Please check that your organisation permits access to Zoom. If they don’t provide access, we encourage you to use a personal device, if possible, as we are unable to provide refunds when there are issues with participants’ IT which prevent them from accessing a training session.

Refund Policy

If you are unable to attend the training for any reason the training fee will still apply. As a not-for-profit charity, Engage needs to ensure that we cover the running costs of delivering training, unfortunately this means we are unable to reimburse attendees if they are unable to participate in a training session.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Join Engage to benefit from discounted event fees plus professional development support, access to ground-breaking research projects, resources and publications and a national and international network of peers. 

This event reflects Engage Scotland’s ongoing commitment to the policy asks of the Visual Arts Sector Manifesto launched in partnership with SCAN and the Scottish Artists Union. Particularly relevant is:

We insist that the potential of learning through the arts is seen as crucial in helping to change and shape children and young people’s lives.