SCIO names to go on Registrar’s Index of Company Names From 1 January 2018, Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs) and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) will appear in the Registrar’s Index of Company Names, which is maintained by Companies House. Charities that are incorporated as companies already appear on the index.

Read more about SCIO names going on the Registrar’s Index of Company Names here.

The Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel is looking for new members who are committed to supporting the enhanced self-regulatory system of fundraising in Scotland and who will contribute to its strategic thinking.

The formal time commitment would include attending 4 meetings a year, participating in engagement events throughout the year and contributing to policy and consultations as they arise. This is anticipated to be no more than 1.5 days per month. You can apply from 27 November until 15 December.

For more information on the position click here.


Do you know if they need the training? Take a look at OIC’s guidance, part copied below or available here:

Specific Contact Workforce Defined as those who carry out direct work with children, young people or adults at risk; and/or form more in-depth relationships with them; and/or provide specific services to them. These workers may carry out regular work with a child, young person or adult at risk (although this will not always be the case). These workers may be asked to contribute to the risk assessment and risk management process and may be involved in providing ongoing support to some children, young people, adults at risk and other family members. The specific contact workforce require the competences, knowledge and skills associated with the general contact workforce, and some additional competences, knowledge skills to reflect the nature of their involvement with children, young people and adults at risk. Step 2 training is a two day multi-agency course funded and delivered by the Child Protection Committee and includes adult protection training. The group of presenters is representative of the agencies that comprise the Child Protection Committee: there are presenters from Orkney Health and Care, Police Scotland, Education Services, the Voluntary Sector and the Orkney Children’s Reporter. In selecting staff to attend Step 2 training, managers should give priority to staff who have not previously attended a Child Protection training course at this level. It is not intended to function as a refresher course, although staff who last attended training at this level 5 years or more ago would find the training useful and can be referred for a place. • Completion of the NES on-line course is required before attending the two day course.

• The next Step 2 course in 2018 will take place on 16th and 17th May 2018

To book, contact Jennifer Sclater at

Briefing paper for more information on Child Protection training avilable here

link to community Adult Protection training available here 



An anti-sexting app from Childline is using humour to help teenagers deal with unwanted requests for sexual images of themselves.

The Zipit app has been updated as new figures from Childline reveal the NSPCC service held 2,634 counselling sessions about sexting and self-generated explicit images in 2016/17. Sexting was also the most viewed topic on the Childline website last year with 221,840 page views.

The free app offers young people a gallery of images and animations called GIFs they can send in response to requests for sexual pictures and to deal with difficult sexting situations.

NSPCC is also looking to educate adults about sexting after a survey by the charity showed that almost half of parents in Scotland are unaware that it’s illegal for a child to take nude selfies.

The 2016 survey also confirmed that while over a third of parents fear their children will be involved in sexting - only 33 per cent spoke to them about the risks.

Counsellors heard how some teenagers felt pressured by peers into sending nude selfies. Some young people were worried that images they had sent would be shared with others or uploaded on to the internet.

One 14-year-old girl told us: “I sent some naked pictures of myself to a boy that I was talking to online. I really regret it now because he took screenshots and says that he’ll show them to all my friends. I don’t know how to report him, I really don’t want my family to find out.”

Head of NSPCC Scotland Matt Forde said: “Many young people tell Childline that they feel pressured into sending sexual images of themselves and don’t always have the confidence to say no.

“Once a teenager sends an image of themselves they have no control over where it is shared or who sees it, and sometimes images can end up online.

“This can leave a child feeling humiliated and even lead to them being bullied or blackmailed.By using humour Zipit helps young people take control of online chatting that becomes awkward or pressurised and support them if something goes wrong.”

Childline founder and President Dame Esther Rantzen said: “The online world is full of opportunities for young people but also presents dangers like sexting which they need help to withstand. Senior police tell me that sexting has become normalised for far too many young people, so many teenagers feel pressurised into sending explicit pictures of themselves.

“There is a real danger that they feel desperately humiliated, and it can sometimes result in them being abused or bullied into handing over money to prevent these images being shown to school friends or family members.

“Zipit gives them the weapon of humour so that they can resist this pressure in a way that feels appropriate and cool.  Many parents have told me they feel helpless when they try to protect their children against these dangerous pressures, so I’d encourage families and professionals to take a look at Zipit and share it with the teenagers they know.”

Zipit, originally launched in 2013 in partnership with creative network Livity, has now adapted to technology popular with teenagers and introduced GIFs co-created with 11-17-year-olds to help empower young people to defuse difficult and potentially damaging conversations.

The app also includes advice on safe online chatting and what young people should do if they feel threatened or if an image becomes public. If a young person is worried about an image they have shared, they can visit MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "" claiming to be and follow the steps to have the image taken down from the internet.

Zipit launches today with a Facebook Live event called ‘GIF Me A Response’, featuring a live GIF studio presented by Julie Adenuga with You Tubers Phil Green and Niki n Sammy creating real time responses to the audience’s unwanted sexting situations.

Zipit is free and available to download for Android and Apple smartphones.

Childline is available 24/7 on Freephone 0800 1111 or at for counselling chat, emails or message boards.

For further information please contact the NSPCC Scotland Press Office on 0141 212 3846 or email

Quarriers has launched an app enabling young people in care to reveal what’s good and bad in their lives. Mind of My Own (Momo) helps them talk about the care they receive and share concerns and worries about their lives. The app, which uses child-focused language and design and is utilised best by tablet or phone, is now used by over 60 organisations in the UK. Evidence from those already using the app shows it has enabled children to influence changes to the services they receive and even report instances of abuse. Some children have started communicating with social workers for the first time via the app. Momo will be rolled out initially to children supported by Quarriers Kinship Care service in Glasgow – a service that provides support to children who are not living with parents but who are cared for by other family members.

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