SCOTT SMITH, LEARNING DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION LEAD

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SCOTT’S ROLE

Scott is a Learning Development and Innovation Lead, tasked with driving learning through innovation. Scott focuses on the design and delivery of world-class training and professional development in collaboration with justice sector partners and the wider Scottish workforce. He has a particular interest in homelessness, communication and third sector engagement in community justice processes.

BACKGROUND

Scott comes to Community Justice Scotland having spent the previous eight years working in the third-sector in a leading residential schooling provision for young people with social, emotional and behavioural needs. This covered a wide variety of roles, including both teaching and pastoral positions. Through assessing, planning, and reflecting with social workers and mental health professionals in this environment, Scott embraces the value and necessity of shared collaborative working in improving lives.

Scott brings extensive practitioner insight about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the therapeutic value of both strengths based and restorative interventions in promoting resilience. He is passionate about Trauma Informed Practice, believing in the promotion of reflection for both front line workers and managers in embodying this throughout their agencies.

As a fully qualified teacher from the introduction of A Curriculum for Excellence, Scott has also taught Mathematics in mainstream secondary schools. He promotes a more active approach to learning. He has had successes in motivating disaffected groups to engage and achieve within the classroom environment. He appreciates the distinct values, talents, knowledge and perspectives of learning participants in enriching one others experiential learning.

Before embarking on teacher training many years ago, Scott worked in Continuous Improvement with the Royal Mail, and as an Information Analyst for NHS Scotland. These broad industrial experiences are accompanied by past community voluntary activities with Barnardo’s Scotland.

Alongside his position with Community Justice Scotland, Scott continues practising in the Children and Families environment. This keeps him mindful of both the challenges and rewards of working in a trauma informed manner in a time pressured, front line social work role.

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