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Child and 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.

For more information and template documents to use for your group please click on link Community Groups

Regulated Work and the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme

  • Information and how to apply to PVG Scheme

    In February 2011, the Scottish Government introduced the PVG membership scheme for people who work with vulnerable groups. The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme), delivers on the provisions outlined in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) (Scotland) Act 2007.

    Your group/organisation will need to decide whether you have anyone involved in "Regulated Work" with children and/or protected adults. If your organisation has individuals involved in Regulated Work then those individuals will need to apply to become a member of the PVG Scheme.

    The Scottish Government and Disclosure Scotland will continue to adminster the PVG membership scheme and they have produced online training materials and resources to provide guidance on the PVG scheme. For more information visit Disclosure Scotland.

    Volunteer Scotland process PVG checks for free and can also provide information about PVG Scheme and who may require a PVG Check for Voluntary Groups.

    If your club is a member of a National Governing Body, PVG Applications can be processed through them.

It's Everyone's Job

  • Level 1 Adult and Child Protection E Learning

    Child and Adult Protection - It's Everyone's Job E Learning It's Everyone’s job to keep children, young people and adults safe from harm and abuse. Here is a link to a basic protection training course that is recommended for everyone, but especially for colleagues working in the voluntary sector or with sports and activity groups. The course will help you to recognise abuse, know what to do and where to get help and advice if you need it.

    You can print out a certificate for doing the course.

    If your job or voluntary role requires you to complete Level 2 Adult or Child Protection training you need to complete this eLearning first and bring your certificate with you to the half-day training course.

    Please note staff working for NHS Shetland and Shetland Islands Council should access the elearning through ilearn or Turas