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.
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 as part of ‘Getting Started: Essential Information’ (module 1) and then in more depth in ‘Running Safe Activities’ (module 17) or ‘Safety for Managers and Supporters’ (Independent Learning Module). After that all adults must do refresher training every 5 years. This can be done online or via an instructor-led course and these are advertised on our training calendar which is part of 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.
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