Vulnerable Groups (Children and Adults)


Child & Adult Protection is the responsibility of every adult who has involvement with children, ‘protected adults’ and/or adults who may be ‘at risk’. All agencies working with these groups, should have an appropriate protection policy and statement for all volunteers (including parents, carers and guardians) and staff.

1st Avoch Sea Scouts believes in the principles of child/adult protection promoted by Safer Highland and shall take account of guidance issued by its committees.

1st Avoch Sea Scouts will ask for the co-operation of all centre users in taking steps to give protection to any child, ‘protected adult’ or adult who may be ‘at risk’ who takes part in activities at the centre, and will also pay attention to the needs of any such person.

Voluntary groups (who may be affiliated to larger organisations); those in receipt of Highland Council grants; or those charging for their services, and who are working with vulnerable groups must comply with PVG requirements. This does not apply to individuals making a booking for a private function (such as children’s birthday party) but who are required to provide adequate supervision.

Groups who need support and advice will find the document Child & Adult Protection Guidance for Community Groups in Highland for Community Groups in Highland useful.

The Scout Association Child Protection Policy

It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm.
The Scout Association is committed to:

  • Taking into account in all its considerations and activities, the interests and wellbeing of young people.
  • Respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom it is working.
  • Taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
  • Promoting the welfare of young people and their protection within a position of trust.

All adults in Scouting, including members of the scout network who wish to work with young people, are responsible for putting this policy into practice at all times. An adult in Scouting has a responsibility to ensure that young people are protected from harm. It is the responsibility of each adult in Scouting to ensure that:

  • Their behaviour is appropriate at all times.
  • They observe the rules established for the safety and security of young people.
  • They follow the procedures following suspicion, disclosure or allegation of child abuse
  • They recognise the position of trust in which they have been placed
  • In every respect, the relationships they form with the young people under their care are appropriate.

Further advice is available for centre users on request to

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