Strengthening relationships in Scotland

01 June 2021, Leigh McFarlane, Thirtyone:eight

At Thirtyone:eight we work together with churches, places of worship,  organisations and Christian communities in Scotland to create safer places for all within a Scottish policy and cultural context. In partnership with local churches, government and other organisations, we continue working to strengthen relationships and to develop the help and support we offer on a national basis. Here's some of the highlights form our recent work:

In March, Children Scotland hosted it's first ever online learning week. This five-day online event brought together a range of experts and organisations to share ideas, perspectives and possible solutions to some of the biggest challenges currently facing the children’s sector in Scotland. Designed around five key themes: Mental Health, working together, wellbeing, transformation and families, Thirtyone:eight were delighted to be invited to participate by delivered a session on Crisis Management in Safeguarding. Crisis management not only considers the immediate response to a serious safeguarding matter but also how we create healthier cultures within organisations.

We've also continued to monitor all the latest legislative developments that relate to safeguarding in Scotland. One significant change which is likely to impact our member organisations is the changes in legislation brought about by the Disclosure (Scotland), Act 2020, as the criteria and procedures around PVG applications are changing. PVG scheme membership is no longer a ‘for life’ scheme, instead, PVG certificate holders will have a five-year membership of the scheme. PVG applications can now also be completed online. If you are registered as a charity in Scotland, our friends at Volunteer Scotland have been working closely to provide support to help you transition to the new system. Up to date information about online PVG applications can be found at

We've also been further developing our training offer specifically for the Scottish legislative and practice context. Our next courses are Safeguarding children and young people, Thursday 23 September 2021and safeguarding adults at risk of harm, Thursday 30 September 2021.

Lastly, a really big thank you to all our Scottish members who participated in our recent survey. We value your input and feedback and look forward to sharing the results with you shortly. If you did not complete the survey, but would like the opportunity to provide some feedback on our services, please email [email protected]g


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