It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm.
The Scout Association’s policies, rules, code of behaviour, advice on Child Protection and safety policy are there to ensure our young people stay safe whilst the Programme of activities that we provide is fun, exciting and challenging. Most importantly we must also make sure that all activities undertaken are safe.
Leaders are interviewed locally and all adults within Scouting undertakes a Criminal Record Check by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). Leaders also complete Safeguarding training and guidance and information is reviewed and updated regularly.
Child Protection & Code of behaviour
We have a clear code of behaviour, known as “The Yellow Card” which is given to all adults working in Scouting, regardless of their role. This is also included in the training that leaders receive and offers advice about how young people should be treated. We expect everyone to follow it.
If you volunteer to help out with an activity, you’ll be given one too, and if you would like to see a copy of the code of behaviour for adults, just ask any of your child’s leaders.
All Young Leaders (aged 14-18) within the Group also receive training and follow the Code of Behaviour.
It is the policy of The Scout Association to provide Scouting in a safe manner without risk to health, so far as is reasonably practicable.
All activities are run in accordance with The Scout Association’s rules and health and safety policies.
All Leaders within the Group complete Safety Training and First Response or First Aid courses which are renewed regularly. This ensures that there will always be a first aider present at activities and that our leaders understand how to manage activities in a safe manner.
The Scout Association also operates a permit scheme for Nights Away and adventurous activities and all leaders/adults used to run these activities have received training and the correct authorisation to run the activity.
Where to find more information
If you have further questions about how the Group keeps your child safe in Scouting, please speak to your Child’s Section Leader or Rachael Brown (Group Scout Leader).
What to do if you have concerns?
If you are unhappy with anything relating to your child’s time in Scouting, you should raise it with one of your child’s leaders or the Group Scout Leader. If you would rather speak to someone else, please contact the District Commissioner or the Scout Information Centre.