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.



Safety policy

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.

It is the responsibility of all those involved in Scouting to seek, so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure that:

  • all activities are conducted in a safe manner without risk to the health of participants
  • the provision and maintenance of equipment and buildings for Members and others is safe and without risk to health and adequate for their welfare.
  • information, instruction, training and supervision is provided with the object of ensuring the health and safety of all those involved in Scouting activities or who may be affected by them.
  • appropriate arrangements are made to ensure safety and the absence of risks to health in connection with the use, transport, storage and handling of equipment, and substances which are inherently or potentially dangerous.

Safety training for adults who work with young people

All adults undergo training, initially within 5 months of their appointment and then refresher training every 3 years. For details of how to access the online training, please see the Adult Training Pages.

Safe Scouting & What to do in an Emergency – Purple Card

The Purple Card provides you with clear and concise things to do in the event of an incident. It covers a code of conduct for safe Scouting and tells you what you need to do to report when reporting accidents.

Remember, any incident that results in the involvement of emergency services or where individuals require medical attention; doctor, hospital, dentist must be reported. Full details of what you need to consider and do are contained here at Emergencies and Reporting.

The Scout Association is also interested in near miss events that could have led to injury, illness or damage. This is especially important where the issue relates to equipment or the process followed and to help us improve the advice and information we give to the movement and prevent future incidents. Near misses can be reported using an online form which is accessible here.

The Purple Card can be obtained from Scout Store or accessed and downloaded here:  Purple Card

Staying Safe – White Cards

There are also White Cards which provide you with some simple points and a checklist for staying safe. These are available from Scout Store or downloadable below. Three versions are available

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