Codes of Conduct for Partner Organisations

The Live Literature programme supports a large network of very different organisations to bring in authors to inspire a love of reading and writing for pleasure.

The programme reaches 50,000 people in communities across Scotland. We estimate that over half of the events that take place involve children and vulnerable adults. This code of conduct makes sure everyone is supported to make the event a success. A primary concern when holding any event is that it is safe as well as enjoyable, for both the author and the audience.

This Code of Conduct mirrors the one sent to directory authors

Child protection and protection for vulnerable adults at Live Literature events

  • Scottish Book Trust does not ask authors if they have a disclosure with Disclosure Scotland or if they are a member of the PVG scheme at any stage of the Live Literature programme.
  • Many authors and creators do not hold a disclosure/PVG membership.
  • For the safety of both the organisation and the author/creator, authors and creators should never be left alone with audiences. It is your responsibility as the event organiser to make sure that the event is appropriately supervised and supported.
  • If you have concerns, or if you would like to contact us about misconduct by a visiting author, please email and
  • If you think a child is in immediate danger, don't delay – call the police on 999 or call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, straight away.


You can download our full Code of Conduct Document for organisations (at the bottom of this page) and read our Code of Conduct for authors


Procedure for reporting misconduct connected to SBT’s author directory or Live Literature programme, including sexual harassment or sexual assault

Scottish Book Trust is aware of conversations happening globally and in many creative industries about sexual assault and misconduct, concerning both historic and current events. Our policy below gives information on how to contact us about this.

What forms of report we can consider

  • We will work with you to hear the information in a way that best supports you, including but not limited to email, phone or in a meeting. 
  • We cannot share, promote, respond to, act on or make decisions based solely on information that has been posted or shared online, e.g. social media, website comment, blog entry, or on information relayed indirectly, e.g. rumour.
  • We appreciate that reporting sexual assault of any kind is likely to be traumatic and we’ll do everything we can to help you through the process.
  • If someone has told you information that you feel Scottish Book Trust or the Live Literature programme needs to know, please ask that person to contact us directly.
  • In all cases, we will take your correspondence seriously and treat it in strict confidence. Making such a report will not affect in any way the level of service you receive from us.

What we can do

  • If you report an instance of sexual assault to us, our immediate priority is your safety and welfare.
  • We will support you to connect to those organisations which have the skills and experience to help you in this situation if you wish to do so, e.g. Rape Crisis, the Samaritans, the police.
  • In light of your report, we will assess the risk of harm to audiences, authors and organisers and take the relevant safeguarding action.
  • A record of your report will be confidentially held in accordance with our Significant Incident Policy.


If you think a child is in immediate danger, don't delay – call the police on 999, or call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, straight away.