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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the community learning and development sector

Guidance to help local authorities, third sector organisations and partners working in Scotland’s schools, colleges and communities to provide community learning and development (CLD) services safely.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the community learning and development sector
Further support and advice

Further support and advice

The guidance on returning to work safely outlines a variety of support and information available to employers and employees in relation to working practices. The information below outlines examples of support available from the guidance mentioned.

If workers think their working conditions are unsafe, they have rights under employment legislation. Further guidance can be found at ACAS. For workers who are members of trade unions, you may wish to also speak to your relevant trade union representative. Further details on trade union activity.

Employment rights are a reserved matter:.

Workers can also raise enquiries about working safely with the Health and Safety Executive and with Local Authority Environmental Health Officers.

Scottish Hazards provide a free and confidential service for workers seeking workplace health and safety advice and support. This phone line is open Monday to Friday: call 0800 005 022 for support, or go to their website for other ways to get in touch.

Healthy Working Lives (part of Public Health Scotland) offer support to both employers and employees returning to work. This includes a mentoring service to enable businesses to get peer support from those familiar with requirements and best practice, for tasks such as completing risk assessments. Further support for you or your organisation around concerns or advice relating to Coronavirus when returning to work can be found on the Healthy Working Lives website.

For trade union health and safety representatives contact details, who are available to support the development of workplace risk assessments for non-unionised workplaces, contact:

Next steps

This guidance extends until further notice. It sets out both our current advice and guidance for CLD staff, volunteers carrying out CLD duties and learners engaging with CLD activity in helping to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19. It will be updated and renewed as circumstances evolve by working with CLD stakeholders representing adult learning and youth work organisations, local authorities, third and voluntary sector organisations, CLD staff in colleges, trade unions, Education Scotland and the CLD Standards Council for Scotland.


If you would like to provide feedback or have any questions related to this guidance please email

First published: 31 Jul 2020 Last updated: 16 Apr 2021 -