Introducing Sheila McDerment, Inspector at Safer Communities Team of Police Scotland (NE division)

One of Sheila's favourite strands of business is Corporate Parenting. Sheila delivers training to colleagues to ensure they understand their corporate parenting responsibilities.


I am an Inspector within the Safer Communities team at Police Scotland's North East Division.  One of my favourite strands of business is Corporate Parenting,  As part of this role, I have been delivering training to colleagues to ensure they understand their corporate parenting responsibilities and the challenges that care experienced young people face. 

One of my favourite strands of business is Corporate Parenting.  As part of this role, I have been delivering training to colleagues to ensure they understand their corporate parenting responsibilities and the challenges that care experienced young people face.  It has also been my privilege to attend events across Grampian, including the Twilight sessions in Aberdeenshire, to meet care experienced young people, listen to what they have to say, and celebrate their successes. 

Here in North East Division, we have put extra measures in place to help care experienced young people.  This year, we made the following pledge:

A)  Where it is identified to Police that a care experienced young person aged up to 26 has concern for their personal safety at home, we will guarantee that young person a meeting with the local Area Inspector or Sergeant to discuss a safety plan and get advice, should they wish to accept such an offer.

B)  Where a care experienced young person aged up to 26 wants to join the Police and meets the minimum criteria for application, we will:

- facilitate a meeting with a serving probationer Constable to discuss the practicalities and demands of the role, and

- offer support with the recruitment process via the local Recruitment team, and

- guarantee them a meeting with a member of the local Area Command team, should they wish support in the application process. 

C)  Where a care experienced young person aged up to 26 has been successful in the recruitment process and wishes additional support, we will identify a mentor for them for the length of their probationary period. 

Policing is about keeping people safe.  With the help of our partners and care experienced young people, we aim to ensure that all children and young people, irrespective of their backgrounds, have access to equal opportunities, and feel loved, safe and respected. 

Passions

Children Services Plan/Girfec, Staying safe online

Contact

(for further information)

Emma Allen
Virtual Head Teacher (Care Experienced Young People)
01467 535395
virtual.school@ aberdeenshire.gov.uk
virtual.school@aberdeenshire.gov.uk