Children are not the face of this pandemic. But they risk being among its biggest victims.

(United Nations, April 2020)

Children are more at risk of sexual harm than ever. They are isolated from traditional support networks and many are exposed to greater risks online or in their own homes. Pressures on social services mean that many children are falling through the cracks and abuse is going undetected.

In response to this, we at Stop It Now Scotland have created an Upstream Prevention pack designed to help keep children safe, using the knowledge and experience we have gained over the past 12 years of working to keep children safe from harm. These free resources are designed to be distributed to multiple audiences and across multiple platforms. The pack contains practical advice for professionals, individuals and families. If you wish to receive printed copies of any of these items, please get in touch with us via

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The Corona Virus pandemic is encouraging us to find new and creative modes of distribution and sharing – if you have any ideas as to how we might be able to reach a wider audience, do not hesitate to get in touch. Additionally, if you know of other organisations or individuals out there that might benefit from this pack, please pass on the link ( or let us know so that we can reach out.  We will be campaigning about this pack on Facebook and Twitter, and we hope that you may be able to help us spread the word.

Stop It Now! Scotland is a child protection charity dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse. Since 2008 we have been providing confidential support services to individuals and families to protect the next child from harm. Together, we can prevent child sexual abuse.


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Dismantling Barriers, Co-producing Solutions Project

Community Engagement Worker


Fixed Term Post to 30th August 2022

35 hours per week

£27,620 inc DIA and pension

Based in Kirkwall, Orkney

We are seeking a suitably skilled and motivated person to develop and deliver an innovative community engagement project that will ensure as many people as possible, particularly those experiencing disadvantage and inequality, have a say in shaping future services as we move out of lockdown and focus on the renew agenda. In addition, you will develop programmes and mechanisms to contribute the views of the community to Locality Plans, which will be the focus of future activity for The Orkney Partnership Board.

Applicants will have an understanding of different community engagement approaches and techniques, excellent communication, presentation and reporting skills and the ability to work collaboratively and sensitively with a range of people and organisations.

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Application packs for this post are available below (CVs not accepted). For further information please contact Gail Anderson on 01856872897 or at

Closing date for applications is Thursday 16th July 2020 at 5pm

Interviews are being held on Friday 24th July 2020.

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Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in Scotland No 143208. Registered Office: Anchor Buildings, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HR. Registered Scottish Charity No SCO10691

In order to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of coronavirus on the Third Sector, the TSI Scotland Network carried out a national survey over a two-month period with community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, as well as the people and communities in which they support.
A total of 1,184 organisations took part, from local neighbourhoods to national level organisations across Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities. 25% of participants self-defined as community groups, 61% as voluntary organisations and 14% as social enterprises. This report highlights the main survey findings on a national level. It is intended that each TSI will produce their own local version of this report.

TSI National Survey Report available here 

Revised Guidelines for Applications as at 1 June 2020

The Small Grants Scheme will re-open for new applications from 1 June.  It will operate until further notice under the following revised criteria for support reflecting the impact of COVID-19.  

The Foundation understands that charities are now operating within very different circumstances since the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.  We are keen to be as flexible as can be in our support of small charities during this difficult and constantly changing ongoing period, while maintaining a focus on those who can demonstrate a clear (usually local) need for their services and financial viability over the twelve months from the date of their application.

Who Can Apply

Our Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note we are not able to support individuals.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. 

Please note that we expect competition for funding to be intense and that we will receive many more applications than we are able to fund.  

How Much Can You Apply For

Charities can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000.

 When Can You Apply?

There are no deadlines for submission. Online Applications can be received at all times, but it may take up to three months to obtain a decision from Trustees. 

When an application is declined, the charity is eligible to reapply 12 months after the previous request date. (If you have been declined within the last few months, prior to 1 June 2020, please email us to discuss your specific situation).

If an application is approved, the charity is eligible to re-apply to the Foundation from 12 months after the approval date. Please note that once you have received a grant from The Foundation it is unlikely that you will be a priority for funding in the following year.

Further information here 


The Orkney Domestic Abuse Forum (DAF) is a partnership organisation working to reduce and prevent incidents of domestic abuse in Orkney. The DAF has created a new 'Survivor Card' to provide information about the support available for those who are experiencing, are affected by or are at risk of domestic abuse in Orkney. 




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