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Bookbug Session Leader code of conduct

Our rules and values for Bookbug Session Leaders

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:

Rules for running Bookbug Sessions

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:

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(this will open in a new window) 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(this will open in a new window). (this will open in a new window)

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 Code of Conduct, please get in touch with bookbug@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window) or call 0131 524 0179.