Police Scotland Youth Volunteers

The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) are groups of up to 24 young people based across Scotland. Supported by adult volunteers and led by a police constable the PSYV volunteer at community and national events across Scotland.

The PSYV programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models.

PSYV promotes a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the Police in their local area through volunteering. As part of this, young people are given a chance for their voice to be heard and encouraged to promote good citizenship.

The programme is open to all young people aged 13 – 17, this allows those people to get an insight into policing in Scotland and inspire individuals to participate positively within their communities.


Current opportunity

Police Scotland's Youth Volunteering programme (PSYV) aims to strengthen relationships with young people, break down barriers and promote ways to make Scotland's communities safer. Becoming an Adult Volunteer (AV) as part of Police Scotland Youth Volunteers is a rewarding role with a big responsibility. PSYV welcomes AVs who give up their time to support their local PSYV group and assist with the supervision of the Youth Volunteers at both local sessions and volunteering events. They support with running the group such as treasurer and fundraising. Mentoring youth volunteers is a key part of the role and the individual learning journeys of those young people where you get the chance to pass on some of your life skills and experiences. All adults are required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. There will be mandatory training* in: - Child protection/safeguarding - PSYV initial training programme - Adult volunteer initial training. *Note that all initial training will take part online. Police Scotland seek adults that are kind and enjoy working with young people, who at the same time can act as positive role models, assessing risks, and act responsibly in public when working alongside Police Scotland officers. You are required to support our Youth Volunteers through their training and may be asked to observe them in action and give evidence to support them to complete their accredited training with PSYV.