Safety & Safeguarding
Safety at The Scout Association
‘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. The Association believes that this responsibility ranks equally with the other responsibilities incumbent upon those providing Scouting activities and functions.’
The sense of adventure is at the heart of good Scouting and a key reason for so many young people and adults to join. Careful planning helps to identify possible hazards but enable to correctly identify what resources and equipment you may need and the people required.
Safety within The Scouts
- Ensure your mandatory training (safeguarding, safety and first aid) is up-to-date. If you are unsure check Compass or speak with your Group Scout Leader or Local Training Manager. It is important that training records are updated on Compass promptly and correctly following any mandatory training.
- Ensure you are completing written Risk Assessments for all Scouting activities and following the rules outlined in POR. Ensure you are informing your District Commissioner and Group Scout Leader if you are taking part in any activities away from your normal meeting place, not just for nights away. It is good practice to share risk assessments carried out for activities away from your normal meeting place and nights away with your District Commissioner and Group Scout Leader.
For more information about Safety, please visit: www.scouts.org.uk/safety.
Safeguarding at The Scout Association
The Scout Association acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and The Charity Commission requirements. Click here to view The Scout Association’s Child Protection Policy that is adopted and adhered to by all our volunteers in Lowry.
To give positive guidance, the ‘Young People First’ code of practice (also known as the yellow card) sets out a code of behaviour for all adults in Scouting. An online version of the yellow card can be found here.
All adult members in Scouting must attend an Appointments Advisory Committee Meeting with our team to ensure that they right for the movement and the role that they are going into.
Every adult in Scouting also completes a DBS check. We are dedicated to ensuring that our young people and adult volunteers are safe in The Scouts.