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.
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
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org(this will open in a new window) 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 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
- Be members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme*
*To keep children safe, our best practice advice is that all Bookbug Session Leaders are members of the PVG scheme, and are fully trained in their organisations safeguarding policies and procedures. If Session Leaders are not members of the PVG scheme, they can continue to deliver Bookbug Sessions, however, in proceeding in this way organisations will be choosing to operate outside of our guidance. For more advice, please contact your organisation’s Designated Child Protection Officer.
Your organisation’s DCPO’s can contact Scottish Book Trust’s DCPO if they have further questions.
If you have any questions about the code of conduct, please get in touch email@example.com(this will open in a new window) or call 0131 524 0179.