So, you are involved in a club that takes part in indoor or outdoor climbing or mountaineering activities already and you would like to introducing more young people or allow for family trips. If this seems like quite a complicated task, do not worry. We are here to help you out with suggestions for what works, templates and promotion...

Our 6 step guide

We have tried to keep this simple, with a clear 6 step guide and all the resources you could need to set your club set up to take young people or families into the mountains.

1. Get in touch

Our Regional Development Officers, Robert and Calum, are super keen to hear about your idea for a new club and are available to talk you through the process from start to finish. We will listen to your aims and tailor our advice to your needs.

Robert MacKenzie, Regional Development Officer, West

Calum McBain, Regional Development Officer, East

2. Membership engagment

  • Allow your members to vote on the idea at your next AGM
  • Adjust your club constitution to reflect your new ambishions and adopt the Mountaineering Scotland Child Protection Policy
  • Elect two Child Wellbeing and Protection Officers
  • Give young people an opportunity to have their voices heard

3. Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer role

4. Safeguarding and Protecting Children Training

5. Getting PVG

All people undertaking regulated work with a protected group, children or adults, are required to become a member of the PVG scheme. It is the responsibility of each club to ensure all persons (voluntary or paid) who work with vulnerable groups – children or adults at risk are suitable to do so

Getting started with PVGs:

  • The club must have in place a Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer (CWP), who will act as a PVG ID checker, this role and the person carrying it out should be registered with Mountaineering Scotland via the membership portal.
  • Clubs can identify more than one person to act as the club ID checker, each person must be noted on the membership database.
  • If you are unsure how to register a WPO/ID checker or need support on completing PVG request forms please contact:
  • If you have any queries on the PVG process including: eligibility or what constitutes regulated work, please contact Mountaineering Scotland Child Wellbeing Protection Officer Jamie Smith:

Who Needs a PVG?

Not everyone in your club requires a PVG, only those who have a role that that comes under the definition of 'regulated work'. If you would like to know what that means, or want to know who in your club should apply for a PVG check, please click this link.

>>For more PVG Resources click here

6. Start planning

  • For guidance on how to plan appropriate indoor or outdoor climbing sessions for young people, check out this handy resource.
  • For guidance on how to plan appropriate hillwalking trips for young people or families, get in touch with our Mountain Safety Team

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