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Protecting People - Children and Adults at Risk

Shetland Domestic Abuse Partnership, Shetland Adult Protection Committee and Shetland Child Protection Committee all deal with arrangements for supporting those affected by domestic abuse and safeguarding children and adults from harm  SaferShetland.com


The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 states that each child has the right to protection from all forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation, and they have the right to express their views on any issues or decisions affecting them.

Child abuse is defined loosely as basic needs 'not being met, in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development' and being 'at risk through avoidable acts of commission or omission' on the part of relatives, guardians and carers. Professionals working to protect children, i.e. police, health workers and social workers, have further defined child abuse according to the categories: physical injury, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect and non-organic failure to thrive.

GIRFEC - Getting it right for every child in Shetland. This includes a link to information on contacting a Named Person.

Safer Shetland - Child Protection this website includes a page for professionals and a page for Community Groups.


With Scotland The Multi-Agency Resource Service (MARS) and the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN) have joined forces and are developing stronger connections between child, adult and public protection

Keeping Your Child Safe advice to parents and guardians on safe practice in youth groups and activities 

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland was published in 2010 and refreshed in 2014. It includes information on Significant Harm (see paragraph 40) and on Identifying and Managing Risk (paragraph 295) 

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) training and Information

Adults at Risk

Adults at risk have the right to be kept safe from abuse and neglect.

Every individual has a right to:

  • a life free from fear
  • be treated with dignity
  • have their choice respected and not be forced to do anything against their will

Safer Shetland - Adult Protection

Scheme to include Vulnerable Groups

The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme was introduced in February 2011. This legislation protects adults, as well as children, in the form of a new membership scheme.  This replaces and improves upon the former disclosure arrangements for people who work with vulnerable groups.  The scheme:

  • helps to ensure that those who have regular contact with children and protected adults through paid and unpaid work do not have a known history of harmful behaviour,
  • is quick and easy to use, reducing the need for PVG Scheme members to complete a detailed application form every time a disclosure check is required,
  • strikes a balance between proportionate protection and robust regulation and make it easier for employers to determine who they should check to protect their client group.

A protected adult is a person, aged 16 or over, who receives one or more type of care or welfare service either regularly or for a short period of time.  

Information on this membership scheme is available on the Scottish Government website.

Voluntary Action Shetland can help support groups with the registration process and provide further information on the scheme: 
01595 743902
please see also Protecting Vulnerable Groups 

The Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate now has responsibility for the work formerly undertaken by the Care Commission and child protection work undertaken by HMIE.  Please see Care Inspectorate page for more details.

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