The ISSS completed a one year pilot project for a ‘Safety & Security Risk Assessment’ in Uppsala län, in 2012, with the Final Risk Assessment Report being delivered and presented to the school and municipality in November 2012.
This pilot case project aimed to identify risks and threats to children, whilst in the care of the school, and present solutions to reduce or mitigate those risks and threats. The project identified potential ‘risk trends’ currently affecting other countries which have rapidly spread across the globe through social media and internet. The project also implemented the first ‘Safety & Security Risk Rating Score’ for Swedish schools as an indicative measure of the level of safety and security provided for the children, teachers and staff. Calculated on a number of factors including current systems, education, attitude and approach to risks and threats.
The results detailed in the final report concluded that although the school had addressed basic everyday occurrences, to some degree, it was lacking in fully functional procedures and systems to address common occurrences including child bullying. It also showed that there was an apathetic attitude to higher impact risks such as abuse, abduction, intruders, acts of violence and school shootings.
The final report is not available for distribution in the private sector, as it details the areas of vulnerability in the school system; however, conclusions from the report included:
- Need for greater awareness of current risks and future risk trends
- Need for specific policies to address both general and specific risk reduction
- Increase in preventative control measures
- Need for inclusion of parental responsibility and accountability
“Children should never be put at risk due to failure in adult responsibility”
In Phase II of the project, the ISSS during the course of 2014 will promote the benefits of such assessments and analysis throughout the region with the objective of bringing awareness and knowledge to both the private and public sectors, with respect to risks in Swedish schools. It offers ‘best of practise’ procedures, and protocols, to schools that have been implemented and verified in other EU countries, including the United Kingdom, whilst encouraging schools to meet EU recommendations and directives.
The ISSS is committed to this project as part of its 2014-2020 Program for a safer environment in local communities.
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