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There is a variety of general information on Charities and Charity Law available from the Community Toolkit, in addition, the following websites are particularly useful:


Arrow Icon     Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) – OSCR is the  independent regulator and registrar for Scottish charities, including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities, grant-giving charities and major care providers.  Their website includes information on applying for Charitable Status, running a charity, monitoring, charity accounts, charities in Scotland etc.  It also contains the Scottish Charity Register which gives information on individual charities and on what charities are in an area.

Link to OSCR website


Arrow Icon     Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) – a wide variety of information about, and for the use of, voluntary sector organisations and charities in Scotland, including statistics, campaigning, and policy information.   The website also includes a lot of resources to help set up and run voluntary organisations.

Link to SCVO website



Arrow Icon     Small Charities Coalition

English charity so some information may not apply in Scotland, e.g. on Charity Law, but there may be stuff of interest.

Link to Small Charities Coalition website




Information on Child Protection matters  is available from the Child Protection section of the Midlothian Council website and from the Public Protection East Lothian and Midlothian website.


Link to the Public Protection East Lothian and Midlothian website

Link to the Midlothian Council Child Protection webpages

Link to the Midlothian Council GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) page

Information on Child  Protection multi-agency training is sent out through by the Committee through a variety of channels including MVA's Training News e-bulletin, and Child Protection e-mail list.  Information will also be posted on our Events and Training Calendar.

MVA co-ordinates the Voluntary Sector Children's sub-group.

Links to local Children and Young People's organisations can be found in the A-Z of Voluntary Organisations in Midlothian.



Scottish Government GIRFEC Information (March 2016)

General Leaflets


Getting it Right for Every Child

This leaflet explains what the GIRFEC approach is, the principles behind GIRFEC and what it means for children, young people and their families as well as those working in children and adult services.


Understanding Wellbeing

This leaflet describes what wellbeing is in terms of eight indicators and how the wellbeing indicators are used.


Named Person

This leaflet describes the Named Person service and gives key facts about the Named Person role. It also explains what happens when a concern is raised and who will provide and support Named Persons.


Child’s Plan

This leaflet explains what a Child’s Plan is and who manages a Child’s Plan.


Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014


Practical Tools


Interactive Guide for Practitioners to evaluate wellbeing (tailored version for the third sector) with How to Guide

The GIRFEC approach recognises that children and young people do best when they are well supported by their parents, family and community, and by the universal services of health and education.


Third sector organisations play a significant role in communities and working in partnership with universal services can be key to promoting, supporting and safeguarding wellbeing for many children and young people.


This version of the interactive guide to evaluating wellbeing is aimed at supporting third sector organisations to consider wellbeing in the context of their organisation and service to improve outcomes for service users. It will support dialogue between workers to improve understanding of wellbeing, contribute to improvement planning and strengthen the shared language of partnership working within the GIRFEC framework.


National Practice Model

The National Practice Model is a dynamic and evolving process of assessment, analysis, action and review, and a way to identify outcomes and solutions for individual children or young people. It allows practitioners to meet the Getting it right for every child core values and principles in an appropriate, proportionate and timely way.


Diagrams related to National Practice Model:

Wellbeing Wheel

Child at the centre (spiral)

My World Triangle

Expanded my world triangle - How I grow and develop

Expanded my world triangle - What I need

Expanded my world triangle - My wider world


Case Studies (videos)

Ryan’s story

Video case study that shows how the GIRFEC approach can help young people and their families get back on track


Ella’s story

 How the Named Person and Lead Professional worked together to co-ordinate support for Ella and her family


More case studies can be found here.




Please see the Health and Social Care section.



Midlothian Federation of Community Councils (MFCC)

Midlothian has 16 community councils.  The objectives of the Federation are "to further the aims and interests of the Community by discssion and debate between representatives of member Communty Councils.".

Link to website


Midlothian Councl Community Council page

The Midlothian Council website contains contact details for Community Councils

Link to website

Scottish Government information on Community Councils


Please see the Community Planning section.