Interim Safeguarding Guidance: Keeping vulnerable beneficiaries safe

The following update comes from OSCR (the Scottish Charity Register): 

“OSCR has published interim guidance on safeguarding. Safeguarding is the action that an organisation takes to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults to protect them from harm.  This includes making sure that the appropriate policies and procedures are put in place.  Safeguarding includes child protection but goes further and extends to all vulnerable beneficiaries.”

Read the full article and access the guidance on the OSCR website. 

Online Personal Tax Account

Do you know you can manage your tax affairs online?

All PAYE employees can set up a Personal Tax Account (PTA) which once set up allows you to check the following:

  • check your Income Tax estimate and tax code
  • fill in, send and view a personal tax return
  • claim a tax refund
  • check and manage your tax credits
  • check your State Pension
  • track tax forms that you’ve submitted online
  • check or update your Marriage Allowance
  • tell HMRC about a change of address
  • check or update benefits you get from work, for example company car details and medical insurance

More services will be added in the future.

To find out how to set up an account go to

We’ve revamped the training section of our website

We’ve made a few changes to the training section of our website, in an effort to make it clearer, more informative, and easier to use. Take a look here:

The CALA Training Team have been hard at work producing their ‘Learning and Development Menu’, which details everything you could wish to know about the training that CALA offer. Download the learning and development menu by clicking here

Do you have any suggestions for what else we could feature on the training page? We’d love to hear your feedback. Contact us at [email protected]

New free module on the CALA E-Learning Zone: ‘Healthy Body Image and Body Confidence’

Care and Learning Alliance are pleased to announce the launch of our latest free E-Learning module: ‘Healthy Body Image and Body Confidence’. Made in partnership with (and funded by) NHS Highland, the module is designed for parents and anyone who works with children. 

Through interactive content, including animations, links to current research and guidance and a few simple tasks and questions to help consolidate your learning, this module supports adults to support children to have a positive body image and reach their full potential.

Accessing the Module

To get started, click here to be taken to the E-Learning Zone. Simply click the green ‘add to cart’ button and you will be guided through the checkout process. Fill in a short form, press the ‘submit’ button, and that will be you up and running. 

Is it difficult to use? 

If you don’t count yourself as a proficient computer user, rest assured that the modules on the CALA E-Learning Zone are designed to be easy to access and progress through. Take a look at some of our recent feedback: 

“I was a bit unsure before I started but got on well”

“Simple and informative”

“It’s easy to use and is great for CPD. I’d like to do more modules and regularly check for course updates.”

And if you do get stuck, just send an email to [email protected] and we will do our best to help. 

Click here to get started!

Introducing children’s rights – a 10-minute training tool

The Scottish Government have produced a ‘ten-minute training tool’ to help educate people about the rights children are entitled to under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

You can download the training tool by clicking here [PDF].

Culbokie Fun Club – Children’s News

Laura from Culbokie Fun Club has sent through the latest news from the centre. Have a read to find out what the children have been up to.

Kindness Rocks

The children have also been busy decorating rocks this month. Read about how they got on by downloading this PDF.