Bookbug is a universal programme that aims to help every child across Scotland to develop a love of stories, songs and rhymes while spending quality time with their mums, dads and carers.
When a Bookbug Session Leader leads a Bookbug Session, they are representing the Bookbug programme and Scottish Book Trust. We therefore require all Bookbug Session Leaders to abide by the following values and rules for Bookbug Sessions, as well as our official Code of Conduct.
Bookbug Session Leader values
Bookbug Session Leaders should:
- Be enthusiastic, encouraging and welcoming to all families who attend Bookbug Sessions
- Be inclusive by making Bookbug Sessions as accessible as possible to all families
- Empower mums, dads and carers to develop their knowledge and confidence to share stories, songs and rhymes with their children
- Make Sessions fun! Joy is at the heart of sharing stories, songs and rhymes, and all Bookbug activities should give families a safe space to relax and engage in a fun activity together
- Take responsibility to check all songs, stories and rhymes have no racist of offensive origins. We offer information and advice on this on our Copyright and song and rhyme origins webpage.
Rules for running Bookbug Sessions
- Bookbug Sessions should only be run by those who have received Bookbug Session Leader training and have the support of an organisation.
- Bookbug Sessions cannot be charged for and must not be held in places which are only accessible by parents paying a fee or making a donation. They cannot be included as part of an activity, play group, or fun day that has a charge or requests or recommends a donation from families. Even the smallest fee, or the suggestion of a donation, would mean that some families would not be able to take part. For example, if there is a charge/donation to attend a playgroup or parent and toddler group, the Bookbug Session must be run at the end of the session and families must be able to access this without a fee. See why Bookbug Sessions are free for details of why this is important.
- If you are running a Bookbug Session at a Nursery or other Early Years Setting, please read our guidance.
- The Bookbug brand should never be used to promote religious, political or commercial groups or ideas.
- Bookbug Session Leaders should wear a Bookbug t-shirt or high-vis vest so they can immediately be identified as the Bookbug Session Leader.
- Bookbug Session Leaders are required to record and report on the number of Bookbug Sessions run and the attendance of children and adults at each session to their local Bookbug Co-ordinator and/or Scottish Book Trust.
- Bookbug Session Leaders should keep their contact details up to date with Scottish Book Trust – email email@example.com about any changes.
Child Protection requirements
Scottish Book Trust is committed to ensuring Child Protection and Safeguarding good practice is applied consistently. Please read our Child Protection Policy. We believe that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We all have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe, and we are committed to carrying out our activities in a way that protects them.
Bookbug Session Leaders should:
- Have read and understood their own organisation’s Child Protection and Safeguarding policies and procedures
- Know who their organisation’s Designated Child Protection Officer (DCPO) is
- Understand their organisation’s guidelines and procedures for raising a Child Protection concern
Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG Scheme)
Our best practice advice is that Bookbug Sessions Leaders should be members of the PVG scheme. If a role involves normal duties of regularly supervising/being in sole charge of children or if, as we would usually expect, the Bookbug Session is facilitated in a way that involves teaching children songs and rhymes then the Session Leader is eligible for PVG membership. Session Leaders should note that, under PVG legislation, teaching children is considered to be “regulated work” (and thus eligible for a PVG application) even if parents are anticipated to be present at all times. Ultimately, it is the decision of the organisation providing Bookbug Sessions to check the criteria for PVG scheme membership and decide whether an application should be made for their Bookbug Session Leader/s.
You can find out more about eligibility for PVG Scheme applications, and how to apply, on the Disclosure Scotland website.
For more advice, please contact your organisation’s Designated Child Protection Officer. Your organisation’s DCPO can contact Scottish Book Trust’s DCPO if they have further questions.
If you have any questions about the Bookbug Session Leader Agreement, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org call 0131 524 0179.