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Unique online learning tool COLT launched at WithScotland conference


WithScotland, the national resource which improves outcomes for children in need of protection and adults at risk of harm, launched free online access to a ground-breaking interactive public protection training tool on its website at its sixth annual conference this week.

Aberdeen Division Police Scotland Chief Superintendent Adrian Watson and RGU Mental Health Nursing lecturer Inga Heyman.The Collaborative Outcomes Learning Tool, (COLT), is designed to help sectors such as the police, local authorities, NHS and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service understand the benefits of working more closely on issues such as domestic abuse, radicalisation, mental health, financial harm and substance misuse.

These issues frequently cut across child and adult protection and require an integrated approach between services to provide the best outcomes possible for individuals at risk of harm and communities throughout Scotland. 

The addition of COLT to the WithScotland website ensures that this invaluable training resource is made more widely available to frontline staff, managers and educational bodies.

On Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th of November, ‘Protecting People in an Integrated World’ will explore the challenges and opportunities of health and social care integration on services and the workforce  that provide support to children and adults at risk of harm. 

COLT was originally commissioned by Grampian Police and developed in partnership with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Social Care at Robert Gordon University.

A wide number of sectors collaborated in the development of the resource bringing their perspective and expertise on the importance of a multiagency response. Their contributions were pivotal to ensuring the resource reflected real life challenges and responses across public protection working.

Local Police Commander for Aberdeen Division, Police Scotland, Chief Superintendent Adrian Watson, said: "This is cutting-edge innovation that has rightly received global recognition and is a valuable training tool using a model family with a variety of issues which could be encountered by any of the partner agencies.

"It also highlights issues that sadly any family in Scotland could experience and that is why it is so important to build on a collaborative approach to help improve response and to prevent further concerns arising.

"In Aberdeen we have a very long history of close and meaningful partnership working and this DVD is fundamental in supporting the way we work in keeping people safe. I am delighted that the resource will now be more widely available via the WithScotland website."

Beth Smith, Director, WithScotland, said:  “Our event will explore some of the challenges and opportunities in working across organisational boundaries in this complex area of protecting people.  By using the learning resource frontline staff and managers can gain a deeper understanding of working collaboratively thus encouraging a more co-ordinated approach between services when engaging with those in need of help and support - those working across public protection will find COLT an invaluable resource.”

Inga Heyman, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Robert Gordon University, said:  “Although available in DVD format for training scenarios – the addition of COLT to the WithScotland website will offer all professionals working across public protection free, online access.  Frontline staff and managers can view public protection scenarios through each other’s eyes.

"Based on real-life situations and through questioning of ‘characters’ and the gathering of information, the resource is intended to stimulate debate and inter-professional education. We are delighted that this resource will now be more widely available via the WithScotland website.”

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport