Child protection training under review

Sunday 28 March 2021

All brass bands with any members under the age of 18 must have a Child Protection Officer.

During lockdown, SBBA has updated its child protection policy according to new fully online procedures for processing applications through Volunteer and Disclosure Scotland. A further change is anticipated when new legislation is brought in sometime in the next 12 months, which may also include a necessity to have PVG updates after a certain period of time. 

The new template can be found here.

Also available is a streamlined document containing all information pertinent to child protection matters, including SBBA’s social media policy and an outline of the role of Child Protection Officer. This can be found here.

As players return to their band halls – and in response to member bands requesting further child protection training – SBBA is working with Children in Scotland and the NSPCC to deliver a bespoke course for up to 50 delegates.

This training will be made available to adults working with youth bands, and specifically those carrying out the role of Child Protection Officer. It is proposed that this training could be offered at other events in the future, an idea which is being considered by SBBA’s education subcommittee.

For any questions or queries relating to child protection – how to complete a PVG form, to check whether your band is registered or even to question anything in the policies – please contact SBBA CPO, Caroline Farren, at


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