Information for Employers

It is Everyone's job to make sure that children are safe. Professionals who work with children and young people on a daily basis are best placed to spot vulnerability and to help children and their families to access support to address their needs. This early intervention could reduce the chances of the child(ren) becoming at serious risk of physical, emotional or developmental harm.

All employers should consider whether their service delivery and staff have an impact on children, whether directly or indirectly. The following kinds of service are advised to put in place an organisational child protection policy:
  • Organisations delivering services directly to children and families e.g. child care, teaching, coaching & tutoring, youth work, children's entertainment, etc.
  • Organisations delivering services in premises where there are children present e.g. maintenance, catering, janitorial staff, etc.
  • Organisations working directly with adults who are parents or carers of children or who have regular contact with children.
Highland CPC produces Child Protection Guidance for Community Groups, which may also be helpful to non-statutory employers. It can be found on the Publications page of this website.

Two recent pieces of legislation affect every employer who recruits staff for the kind of employment listed above:

The Protection of Children (Scotland) Act (2003)

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act (2007)

From November 30th 2010 a new Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme is being introduced to replace the current Disclosure Check system for those in Regulated Work with Children or Protected Adults.

Working with volunteers:

Voluntary organisations and churches may find the following links useful:

Keeping Children Safe

Volunteer Development Scotland

Churches CP Advisory Service