Information for Volunteers

It is Everyone's job to make sure that children are safe. The majority of people who volunteer to work with children do so from a genuine interest in their welfare. Unfortunately, people who seek to harm children may also seek access to them through voluntary work. For this reason the Scottish Parliament has decided that the same stringent safety checks that are applied to paid staff should also be applied to volunteers who wish to work with children.

Please do not be offended if you are asked for references and requested to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. This is a legal requirement under  the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act (2007).

Please note: It is illegal to apply for any Regulated Work with Children or Protected Adults if you have been listed as barred from working with them. This includes voluntary work.

Training and Support for Volunteers:

When volunteering to work with children you should ask to see the organisation's Child Protection Policy. This should tell you who the designated person is to whom you should take any concerns about child protection. You should also be offered child protection awareness training.

If you are asked to become the Designated Child Protection Lead for the organisation you should be offered enhanced training. Further information about child protection training can be found on the ICS Training section of this website. Alternatively, visit Keeping Children Safe, an umbrella organisation providing training for voluntary sector Early Years Services, Community Groups and Leisure Organisations.