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Keeping adults and children safe - good practice for community groups

Published: 05 June 2019

There are template documents on the site that can be customised for use by your organisation, and for help with this you can contact Shetland Islands Council’s Community Workers on 01595 743888 or Voluntary Action Shetland on 01595 743900. Voluntary Action Shetland can also help community groups with PVG checks contact 01595 743900.

If you want to access training then a short session “Keeping Children and Adults Safe” has been developed for community groups. You can book staff or volunteers onto courses being planned by VAS or you can request a course specifically for your organisation that can be delivered in your own setting. If you are a sports group you can access specific child protection training for sports coaches by contacting Jack Clubb on 01595 744045 or jack.clubb@shetland.gov.uk

We suggest that every community group has a designated person who other people can speak to if they are worried that child or adult may be at risk. It is good practice for that person to complete Level 2 child protection or adult Protection training and these courses can be booked through Shetland Islands Council Workforce Development.

Tam Baillie, Convener of Shetland Public Protection Committee: “We have robust procedures in Shetland for public protection which have been developed over many years. However, the cornerstone of keeping children and adults safe are community members who are in regular contact with people, often in informal settings with others whom they trust. This is what is meant by ‘it’s everyone’s job’ because these relationships not only support people, they provide protective environments where small changes can be picked up early on.”

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

These are the phone numbers:

Duty Social Work (for Children)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744000

Duty Social Work (for Adults)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744400

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101

Children’s Reporter:
0131 244 3780