The Child Protection Toolkit

The Highland Child Protection Committee’s ‘Child Protection Toolkit‘ is an invaluable resource for third sector organisations and community groups in Highland.

Some of the topics covered in the toolkit include:

  • Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers
  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Act 2007
  • Transporting children and young people
  • Photographing, videoing and filming
  • Dealing with a Child Protection Situation
  • A sample Child Protection Policy

There are two versions of the toolkit available to download:

Download the CP Toolkit for Third Sector Organisations.

Download the CP Toolkit for Community Groups.

If your workplace is involved in the care of children, it is highly recommended you download the toolkit, and keep it on your computer to act as a reference for child protection matters.

Child Protection Bulletin – April 2019

The fourth edition of the Child Protection Bulletin is now available to download. It features information on female genital mutilation, links to useful websites, a new online safety education resource for 4-7 year-olds, and what to do if you have a child protection concern.

Click here to download the bulletin [PDF].

The NSPCC ‘Parents vs Kids’ quiz

The following update was taken from the NSPCC newsletter: 

Do you know if being called ‘salty’ online is a good thing? Do you know about ghost mode and parental controls?

Our popular O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids quiz has now launched online and is available to play across mobile, tablet and desktop platforms.

Get the whole family together and play the quiz to see who knows the most about the digital world, and learn a bit more about staying safe online. Take on 50 new questions and test your knowledge by playing 1 on 1 or in teams! Who really knows more about the online world in your home? Team Parent, or Team Kid?

Click here to play the game. 

Jessie & Friends: online safety education for 4-7s

The following blog post comes from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), part of The National Crime Agency.


We are delighted to announce the launch of Jessie & Friends, our new online safety education resource for 4-7 year olds.

Based on a series of three fun, age-appropriate animations, Jessie & Friends follows Jessie, Mo and Tia as they view, share and game their way towards a safer future online.

The animations are accompanied by:

– a catchy song, storybooks and posters

– a detailed resource pack with engaging learning activities on key topics including trust, consent, and healthy and unhealthy online behaviours, plus guidance on safe and effective delivery of Jessie & Friends

– advice for parents and carers on using Jessie & Friends to start a positive, age-appropriate online safety conversation with their child

We are delighted that Jessie & Friends has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark in recognition of the high-quality, safe learning opportunities it provides.

All Jessie & Friends resources for professionals can be downloaded here, and you’ll find content for parents and carers here.

Look out for Jessie, Tia and Mo in the media today! Please do search for #JessieAndFriends and add your voice to help us get the word out to more parents and carers and professionals who work with children.

We hope you like the new resources and look forward to your feedback, and that of the children you work with.

Click here to learn more

The Child Protection Toolkit

The Highland Child Protection Committee’s ‘Child Protection Toolkit‘ is an invaluable resource for third sector organisations and community groups in Highland.

Some of the topics covered in the toolkit include:

  • Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers
  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Act 2007
  • Transporting children and young people
  • Photographing, videoing and filming
  • Dealing with a Child Protection Situation
  • A sample Child Protection Policy

There are two versions of the toolkit available to download:

Download the CP Toolkit for Third Sector Organisations.

Download the CP Toolkit for Community Groups.

If your workplace is involved in the care of children, it is highly recommended you download the toolkit, and keep it on your computer to act as a reference for child protection matters.

The Child Protection Toolkit (developed by the Highland Child Protection Committee)

The Highland Child Protection Committee’s ‘Child Protection Toolkit‘ is an invaluable resource for third sector organisations and community groups in Highland.  Some of the topics covered in the toolkit include:

  • Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers
  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Act 2007
  • Transporting children and young people
  • Photographing, videoing and filming
  • Dealing with a Child Protection Situation
  • A sample Child Protection Policy

These are just a few of the topics covered in the toolkit.

If your workplace is involved in the care of children, it is highly recommended you download the toolkit, and keep it on your computer to act as a reference for child protection matters.

Download the Toolkit

There are two versions of the toolkit available to download:

Click here to download the Child Protection Toolkit and Guidance for Third Sector Organisations

Click here to download the Child Protection Toolkit for Community Groups

Who are the Highland Child Protection Committee?

Highland Child Protection Committee is a multi-agency partnership responsible for:

  • Raising public awareness of child protection issues
  • Co-ordinating prevention activities with children and their families
  • Providing child protection guidance and training
  • Implementing national child protection initiatives
  • Assuring the quality of responses to child protection issues

The Child Protection Toolkit

The Highland Child Protection Committee’s ‘Child Protection Toolkit‘ is an invaluable resource for third sector organisations and community groups in Highland.  Some of the topics covered in the toolkit include:

  • Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers
  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Act 2007
  • Transporting children and young people
  • Photographing, videoing and filming
  • Dealing with a Child Protection Situation
  • A sample Child Protection Policy

These are just a few of the topics covered in the toolkit.

If your workplace is involved in the care of children, it is highly recommended you download the toolkit, and keep it on your computer to act as a reference for child protection matters.

Download the Toolkit

There are two versions of the toolkit available to download:

Click here to download the Child Protection Toolkit and Guidance for Third Sector Organisations

Click here to download the Child Protection Toolkit for Community Groups

Who are the Highland Child Protection Committee?

Highland Child Protection Committee is a multi-agency partnership responsible for:

  • Raising public awareness of child protection issues
  • Co-ordinating prevention activities with children and their families
  • Providing child protection guidance and training
  • Implementing national child protection initiatives
  • Assuring the quality of responses to child protection issues

Digital Parenting Magazine – 6th Edition

The 6th edition of ‘Digital Parenting’ magazine has been released. This edition features:

“Advice from teachers, parents and online safety experts on subjects ranging from Virtual Reality, to body image in the social media age, to live streaming. We have tips from online safety experts, parents and children and young people themselves.”

“We also have an updated guide to setting parental controls on apps and devices, and information on gaming and keeping kids safe while they play.”


You can read the online version of the magazine by clicking here, or order hard copies of the magazine by clicking here (minimum order of 50)

Child Protection Guidance and Toolkit for Third Sector Organisations in Highland

The Highland Child Protection Committee have made available ‘Child Protection Guidance and Toolkit for Third Sector Organisations in Highland‘.  Click the button below to download the toolkit.

This Guidance has been produced for larger Third Sector Organisations and those with a number of paid staff who should have robust child protection policies and procedures in place.

The guidance provides detailed advice on child protection issues, and tools to help support recruitment of staff and volunteers.


For smaller organisations primarily using volunteers to provide activities for children, young people and families in Highland you may wish to download the Highland Child Protection Guidance for Community Groups. This may include sports clubs, arts and crafts groups, religious organisations or any organised groups/activities which involve regular contact with children and young people.


Below you can find a video that provides more detail on what’s included in the Child Protection Toolkit. Click the thumbnail below to watch the video.


There is lots of other useful information and resources on the Highland Child Protection Committee website, such as:

  • Resources – where you can find  a copy of the Highland Child Protection Guidelines as well as a range of local and national resources which may be useful to you.
  • Training – here you can book on to training courses, access e-learning modules and find out what training you may need.
  • Help and Advice – An up-to-date list of contact details for advisors and professionals who can be contacted if you have a child protection concern.

Professionals Breaking the Silence: Supporting professionals dealing with children’s disclosures of abuse

The following update comes courtesy of Play Scotland:


The NSPCC is undertaking a UK-wide research project entitled “Professionals Breaking the Silence”.  The aim of this is to develop a practical resource that will support professionals working with children to confidently deal with disclosures of abuse and to improve children’s experiences of the disclosure process.

As a first step, NSPCC wish to hear directly from individuals about their experiences of dealing with disclosures and a survey has been created to gather the views and opinions of individuals who work both directly and indirectly with children and young people, for example: police officers, sports coaches, teachers, school counselors, school nurses or anyone else who works in a school, youth workers, social workers, GPs, health visitors, foster carers, adoptive parents or anyone involved with children through the family court system.

The survey can be accessed here: bit.ly/2rRWizK   and it closes on Friday 23rd March.

The potential threat of ‘Live Streaming’ platforms to children

The following update comes from Thinkuknow:


The area of live streaming presents a nuanced threat to children and young people due to the immediacy of contact and the large numbers of offenders and comments that young people are dealing with live, in real time. The CEOP Education team have developed online sessions and activities  to support and educate different age groups, with the resources aimed at younger children focus on the behaviours associated with growing self-esteem and positive attention seeking, and the sessions for the 13+ age group focus on a case study of a live streaming scenario.

There are also accompanying resources for parents and carers to educate them about their children’s internet use and factsheets for professionals that provide context and information about live streaming.

Simply click on www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/resources/live-streaming to access these materials and help protect our children and young people from child sexual exploitation.

Childline app helps teenagers say ‘no’ to sexting

The following blog post comes from NSPCC Scotland: 

An anti-sexting app from Childline is using humour to help teenagers deal with unwanted requests for sexual images of themselves. The Zipit app has been updated as new figures from Childline reveal the NSPCC service held 2,634 counselling sessions about sexting and self-generated explicit images in 2016/17. Sexting was also the most viewed topic on the Childline website last year with 221,840 page views. The free app offers young people a gallery of images and animations called GIFs they can send in response to requests for sexual pictures and to deal with difficult sexting situations.


Download the full guidance notes from the NSPCC: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/say-no-to-sexting.pdf

or take a look at their new app here: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/zipit-app/