Whether you’re looking for information on closing off your street to play for the day, advice on starting a local campaign, or guidance on how to make your event accessible to all, help is at hand!
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Children 1st take action for Scotland’s vulnerable children and families. They speak out on children’s rights, influence legislation and campaign for change. Contact them for information on the protection and safety of children and young people in Scotland.
www.children1st.org.uk or 0131 446 2300
Health and Safety Executive
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the non-departmental public body of the UK government responsible for regulating risks to health and safety in the UK. They provide specific guidance on managing risk in play provision.
www.hse.gov.uk or 0845 345 0055
Play Safety Forum
The Play Safety Forum brings together organisations interested in play safety including those from the voluntary, statutory and private sectors. They have produced Managing risk in play provision: A position statement to support the work of those involved in play provision, as well as an implementation guide. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a pdf copy
RoSPA provides information on playground management and the safety of indoor and outdoor play areas. It also has a list of helpful publications to aid in understanding and maintaining play safety.
www.rospa.com/playsafety or 01367 244600
The Media Trust is a specialist charity communications organisation. They produce comprehensive online guides which cover a range of media and communications issues that can help you get attention for your campaign including PR, marketing, and dealing with the media. Visit their website for lots of top media tips and check out their free resources hub on their website. www.mediatrust.org
YouthLink Scotland is the national youth work agency for Scotland. They provide lots of tools and resources on subjects including involving children and young people in making change happen.
www.youthlink.co.uk or 0131 313 2488
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP)
SCCYP offers lots of advice and resources on children’s rights, including a wide range of information and resources on participation for those working with children and young people.
www.sccyp.org.uk or 0131 558 3733
UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)
UKYP enables young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better. Run by young people for young people, UKYP provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.
www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk or 020 7553 9890
Your local authority should be your first port of call for advice and guidelines when organising your event in the community.
If you’re holding a large event, you’ll need to consider involving the emergency services.
Ambulance: St John’s Ambulance (www.sja.org.uk or 020 7324 4000), British Red Cross (www.redcross.org.uk or 0844 871 11 11) and local ambulance corps have volunteers who can attend local events, usually for a small donation.
Fire Scotland : For information on fire prevention visit www.firescotland.gov.uk
Police Scotland: For details of your neighbourhood team and how to contact them visit
Environmental Health Departments
For food safety advice contact your local environmental health department visit
www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/enforceessential/yourarea or 020 7276 8829
The VolResource website provides advice for voluntary and community organisations, including information and advice on organising events.