greenspace scotland is fully committed to promoting children's rights, notably their right to be protected from harm, abuse and exploitation and to be involved in any decisions that directly affect them.

In all our work, but particularly through the Young Placechangers programme, greenspace scotland has a duty of care to implement effective policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.  In order to achieve this, we will ensure our staff and volunteers are carefully selected, screened, trained and supervised. 

Working with our partners in the Young Placechangers programme, Youth Scotland, we will also endeavour to keep up to date with national developments relating to the care and protection of children and young people.

greenspace scotland cares about young people’s safety and happiness. The Child Protection Policy tells you what you can expect from us. It also tells you who to contact if you feel that you have not been listened to or want to report something that has upset or hurt you.

greenspace scotland staff and volunteers will:

  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Respect young people’s physical personal space and only use physical contact when a young person is at risk or in danger
  • Make sure the other adults they work with behave properly to young people and respect them
  • Ensure that anything you discuss with a worker will not be passed onto anyone else UNLESS the worker is concerned about your safety or that of other young people. If the worker feels they need to tell someone else about something you have talked about, they will tell you.
  • Protect your privacy as described in our privacy policy available here

If you would like to talk to greenspace scotland’s Designated Child Protection Officer, please call Ea O’Neill on 01786 849 757 or 07909 967034 or email