Safety & Safeguarding Training
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. Everyone working with young people in Scouting is asked to undertake a Criminal Record Check, sometimes known as a ‘police check’.
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
We expect all leaders to take courses in basic first aid and child protection. Special training is provided for those taking young people away on residential events like camps and sleepovers.
Outings and camps
All leaders taking young people on outings or camps will give parents notice in writing, ask for their permission and provide a method of contacting the group while they are away.
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 your child’s leaders first of all, or with the Group Scout Leader.
Here are some downloadable resources from the Scout Association, relating to staying safe & our anti-bullying policy:
- Anti bullying Guide for Leaders
- Anti Bullying Poster for headquarters
- Safe and sound leaflet for parents
- Beavers Stay Safe booklet
- Cubs Stay Safe booklet
- Scouts Stay Safe booklet
- Explorers Stay Safe booklet