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For Community Groups

For Community Groups

Child & Adult Protection is the responsibility of every adult who has involvement with children, and vulnerable adults. All agencies working with these groups, should have an appropriate protection policy and statement for all volunteers (including parents, carers and guardians) and staff.

As a community group, you offer a very valuable service providing opportunities to take part in a variety of activities.  You should already be taking steps to make sure that the environment and the equipment that you provide is safe, suitable for the activity and for the level of ability.

Your group has a duty to make sure that staff and volunteers are given the information, knowledge and backup that will help them to give the support, guidance and help needed when they believe that someone is being harmed or at risk of harm.

The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme was introduced in February 2011. A package of guidance and training materials has also been published.  This legislation protects adults, as well as children, in the form of a new membership scheme.  This replaces and improves upon the former disclosure arrangements for people who work with vulnerable groups. 

Guidance about Child and Adult protection for Community Groups in Shetland 


If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, please tell someone who can help.

These are the phone numbers:

Duty Social Work
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744400

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101