At Scottish Hockey we want children and young people to stay safe and have fun while taking part in hockey.  Everyone involved in hockey has a duty to safeguard the welfare of all children in their care.

Scottish Hockey has a commitment to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.  This duty extends to the prevention of physical, sexual or emotional abuse of any child and shall be applied regardless of the child’s gender, race, religion, sexuality or disability.

You can find out more about our child protection policy by contacting on of the relevant contacts below.

The sport’s Child Protection and Welfare Officer is:


For general help and advice you can contact Safeguarding in Sport


Where a child’s immediate safety is at risk contact the local police or social work department for advice.  Links to local services can be found on the Children 1st website.

All volunteers or professions who are deployed to work with children are subject to a code of conduct and should be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme to ensure that they are suitable to work with children.

A range of training courses are available across Scotland for every member of the workforce.

If you require further information on implementing Child Protection procedures or would like information on Disclosure checks/the PVG Scheme please contact Lewis Sinclair at [email protected]

Electronic PVG Processing

Disclosure Scotland have developed a fully online system for PVG applications going forward, you must have an email address to complete an online application. Paper applications are still available for anyone who does not have an email address but this can take longer to process.


Complete Self Declaration Form

This form should be retained by the club CWPO


Check three forms of identification, must be in person or through video call/photograph. No scanned copies should be accepted


Complete Online Request Form and submit to [email protected]


Applicants will receive an email from Disclosure Scotland, this must be accessed and completed within 7 days


Certificate issued to applicant and organisation


Wellbeing (SHANARRI)

In Scotland the Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) approach supports children and young people so that they can grow up feeling loved, safe and respected and can realise their full potential. At home, in school or the wider community, every child and young person should be:

These eight factors are often referred to by their initial letters – SHANARRI.

They are wellbeing indicators which help make it easier for children and families and the people working with them to discuss how a child or young person is doing at a point in time and if there is a need for support.

Each child is unique and there is no set level of wellbeing that children should achieve. Wellbeing is influenced by children’s individual experiences and changing needs as they grow.

A range of experiences can have negative effects on young people. This might be one of the 10 recognised Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or other adversities such as bereavement or bullying, or where a family is affected by illness, disability or poverty. Each child should be helped to reach their full potential as an individual.

There are a series of wellbeing resources that can be used or adapted for workshops or conversations with children, young people, parents and carers. These explain wellbeing, and how it is used to support children and young people, in more detail. Please get in touch if you would like support delivering on these resources.


PVG process supporting Documents

A – PVG Application Process Flowchart

B – Self-Declaration Form

C – New PVG Application Form Cover Letter

D – Sample Completed New-Member PVG Form Sample Form

E – Existing PVG Application Form Cover Letter

F – Sample Completed Existing Member PVG Form Sample Form

G – Sample Existing Certificate

H – ID Checking Cover Sheet for Scottish Hockey Clubs

I – Information Sharing

J – Safe in Care Form

K – Significant Incident Form

M – Secure Handling Policy

N – Policy PVG Referrals