Institute of Swedish Safety & Security


Risk Management & Crisis Preparedness




SCHOOL SAFETY & SECURITY - Phase I Summary

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The ISSS completed a one year Safety & Security Risk Assessment in Heby Kommun, in 2012, with the Final Risk Assessment Report being delivered and presented to the head teachers on the 13th November 2012.

This pilot case project aimed to showcase the current risks and threats to children, whilst in the care of the school, and present solutions to reduce or mitigate those potential risks and threats. 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, training and education of teachers and staff, attitude and approach to risks and threats and understanding change where change would be beneficial to enhance the safety and security within the school.

The results detailed in the final report concluded that although the school had addressed common 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 and shootings.

The final report is not available for distribution in the private sector, as it details the areas of weakness in the school systems; however, it is of considerable concern that neither the local authority, head of education nor the national school board (Skolverket) have accepted an invitation to receive a presentation of the findings or discussing the matter any further at this time.

This is a clear indicator that both current and future potential problems alike may be concealed or ignored, which would therefore, demonstrate a lack of accountability and responsibility by both schools and authorities at local and national levels if left un-addressed.

In Phase II of the project, the ISSS during the course of 2013 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 2013 Programme for a safer environment in local communities.