Safeguarding

Young people thrive in safe surroundings. We’re committed to ensuring that Scouting in Somerset is both enjoyable and safe for everyone who takes part, along with providing parents/carers with peace of mind.

Appointing the Leaders who work with Young People

All volunteers who help to run our activities give their time freely to help young people enjoy Somerset Scouting.

Leaders are interviewed locally and asked to provide references. Every adult working with young people in Scouting is subject to a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check initially and then at five yearly intervals.

Safeguarding Training for Adults who work with Young People

All adults undergo training, initially as part of Getting Started: Essential Information (module 1) and then refresher training every 5 years. For details of courses, both face to face and online, please see the Adult Training Page.

Code of Behaviour

The Scout Association has a clear code of behaviour 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. Everyone is expected to follow it.

The adult code of behaviour is called the Yellow Card and can be downloaded here:
Adult Code of Conduct for leaders in Scouting – Yellow Card

What to do if you have Concerns

If you suspect a young person is being abused, have concern for their safety or a young person confides in you, it is your duty to report it.

Tell your Group Scout Leader or District Commissioner immediately; do not investigate the matter yourself.

If in any doubt about what to do, contact Scout Information Centre (0845 300 1818) and ask for the Safeguarding Team or e-mail safeguarding@scouts.org.uk

Support Materials

Here are some downloadable resources from the Scout Association, relating to staying safe & our anti-bullying policy:

Further Information

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls