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Scottish Centre of Conflict Resolution

Family life can be stressful at times, particularly just now when the future is uncertain, and all family members are competing for space and independence.

Many families are finding things challenging and it’s hard to know what to do in difficult family situations.

Parents and carers in Edinburgh are welcome to attend a free online workshop with the Cyrenian’s Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR).

Thursday 2nd July at 7.30pm on Zoom. This workshop has been developed to support you during this stressful time with practical advice from SCCR followed by a friendly open discussion.

This short online session gives parents and carers of teenagers the opportunity to recognise and reflect on some of the dynamics of conflict in their family and consider more effective approaches that could be used to improve relationships and wellbeing.

Grab your space by signing up for free here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/recognise-reflect-apply-an-sccr-goodtrees-workshop-tickets-109818907308

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Equalities Statement

Black Lives Matter

Recent events in the US, in particular the shocking death of George Floyd, and the global response are shining a light again on the harmful and persistent issue of institutionalised racism.  We fully recognise that it is no less an issue in the UK and Scotland.  We have a list of similar deaths of black citizens, and we have witnessed the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

We are heartened by the concern and support expressed by pupils, parents and staff from across our learning communities in recent days.  We are all rightly asking what more we can and should do to support our Black, Asian and minority ethnic pupils and colleagues.

We re-affirm and strengthen our commitment to confronting and addressing racism and discrimination in all its forms through strong anti-racist leadership, teaching and youth work.  Our recent engagement with BAME young people and partner organisations has shown that there is much more that we can do and we will continue to listen and learn.  We have started by implementing a revised anti-bullying procedure supported by training for senior leaders and pupil Equalities groups and we are working to ensure that Black history and its role in our city is a core part of a decolonised and inclusive curriculum.  We will increase training for all school staff and have set up a working group as part of a national commitment to increasing diversity in the teaching workforce.

We believe that our schools have a vital role to play in tackling racism and creating a city where all are treated with dignity and respect.  We want all our children and young people to thrive and lead in a diverse and complex world.  We do not underestimate the challenge of this deep-rooted problem.  We are fully committed to making a difference, harnessing the compassion, energy and creativity of our children, young people, families and staff to make Edinburgh a city where there is no place for discrimination or injustice.

On behalf of,

The City of Edinburgh Council Equalities Steering Group (Education)

The above statement has been prepared to clearly state our position as staff working within Children and Families.  

Lorna Sweeney

(Chair) Equalities Steering Group (Education)

Annemarie Procter

C&F Equalities Lead