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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 PVG Scheme was introduced in February 2011.  This legislation protects adults, as well as children, in the form of a membership scheme.

  • For Community Groups 
  • Its 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  https://level1.safershetland.com/


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 744468

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101