Non Member Children Insurance

Non Member Children Insurance

Non-member children Public Liability and Personal Accident insurance

South East Scotland Region has purchased the above policies on behalf of all Districts and Groups.  These will be renewed annually.

This is a scheme for children (under 18 years old) who are not Members of The Scout Association, but who attend, or take part in, weekly meetings or events because they are accompanying their parent(s), or with other adults. This can also cover crêches opened by groups.  The types of cover included are public liability and personal accident insurance.
If you require further information then please email for copies of the policies.

Manage free time safely

Manage free time safely

Managing Free Time Activities Safely (FS120340)

This new Factsheet offers advice relevant to all Scouting activities.  The background is explained here:

A large number of incidents occur when members are undertaking free time activities, this could be a break in the normal section programme or time before bed on a camp. This guidance is designed to provide leaders with some suggestions of how to manage these activities in order to reduce the potential for incidents and injuries.

See the Factsheet for full details, and useful links.


In Touch

In Touch

Are you keeping in touch?

Do you know about the InTouch system?

It is important that there are communication systems in place throughout all Scouting activities, allowing leaders to contact parents/carers and parents/carers to contact leaders. This is done through having an InTouch system in place, a system designed to be flexible and suit the needs of your activity, from a section meeting through to summer camp and trips aboard.

We used to have the Home Contact system, but now that (almost) everyone has mobiles, we can use them to keep in touch with everyone.

The Factsheet FS120075 includes a step-by-step approach guiding you through the process of setting up an InTouch system as well as further guidance on areas and issues to look at within this and suggestions on how these can be managed.

Key questions to ask yourself and your leadership team

  • How will you and the other leaders hold the details of all those taking part in an event, and the contact details of their parents/next of kin, so that they can be accessed as required?
  • What contact details of the leader or leadership team will you give to the parents?
  • What advice or guidelines will be given to parents as to the how to contact the event and when / why communication is expected or appropriate?

Please read the Factsheet to understand how the system works. It really is important to have one in place!

And let’s hope you will never need to contact your Commissioner or their designate in the case of an emergency (as per POR Chapter 7 – Emergency Procedures) at any point during your events.

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland

Free Red Cross courses

Free Red Cross courses

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross deliver workshops in Everyday First Aid and Refugee Awareness as part of our ‘Crisis Education’ remit. This is a new service and so far it has been hugely popular with youth groups in Edinburgh and Dundee.  (Message from Sarah McCrory)

The workshops are fully-funded by us, therefore we are seeking to develop our partnerships within communities to equip young people with valuable, life-saving skills. It is also our ambition to ensure that all young people are informed about first aid as our research has shown that this is an issue in communities, with 59% of pre-hospital deaths potentially being prevented by basic first aid training. This workshop could be used to support the current first aid training within Scouts.

Everyday First Aid

Our Everyday First Aid workshops increase confidence and empower young people, and also support health and wellbeing. During these workshops, young people will learn valuable first aid skills, for example, responding to someone who is unconscious and breathing/not breathing, choking, bleeding heavily and burns etc. The workshops support young people in assessing risk and understanding the impact of risk-taking behaviour. We address common barriers to providing help and we encourage young people to take control in an emergency.  Our aim is to ensure that young people develop confidence and willingness to act, therefore our education is easy to learn and easy to remember. Participants will be awarded with a British Red Cross certificate of learning for taking part in this course.

The workshop would most likely equate to Level 2 on the Scouting  Emergency Aid Staged Activity Badge scale, however, we also cover elements from Level 3. An example of these would be:

  • Unconscious and breathing
  • Unconscious and not breathing (through hands-only CPR)
  • Bleeding heavily
  • Burns
  • Choking

We primarily focus on the ‘everyday’ approach to first aid, e.g. what to do when we don’t have resources such as a first aid kit available. Our ambition is to make life-saving skills accessible to all young people, so therefore our methods are easy to learn and easy to remember.

We will also focus on the ‘Bystander Effect’ and examine barriers that would stop people from helping in a crisis, as young people who have received first aid training will not always use it due to a variety of reasons. These workshops could be used to support the first aid learning with Scouts.

Refugee Awareness

The aim of the Refugee Awareness workshops is to reduce stigma and discrimination in communities. We inform young people on reasons why people migrate and need to leave their homes, promoting an awareness of international issues and global citizenship.  Common misconceptions held about refugees and migrants are addressed through activities and quizzes. In these workshops, young people learn the difference between terms such as ‘asylum seeker’, ‘refugee’, and ‘migrant’. Through games, participants will also look at reasons why people leave their homes and share their own opinions on what they might do or feel about similar situations, encouraging empathy and challenging young people to look at issues from a different perspective. Our aim is to encourage young people to be more confident in welcoming people from different countries, and also to apply this understanding in their communities.

Both workshops help young people to develop self-awareness and respect for others, and promote personal and social development. They are delivered in an informal and interactive style and are planned around the needs of individual groups, lasting approximately 60 – 90 minutes.  There can be up to 30 people in a group, and the workshops are aimed at age range 10 – 19.

If you feel that your young people would benefit from either workshop, feel free to contact me by email or phone.

Sarah McCrory
Youth Education Coordinator (Edinburgh and Dundee)
West Point House, 69 N Gyle Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 8JY

Minibus abroad

Minibus abroad

Many Groups would like to be able to hire and drive minibuses to give young people amazing adventures in the UK and abroad. However, the rules around who can or can’t drive minibuses can vary according to different circumstances, vehicle size, location or organisation.

Please remember that if you are driving a minibus on behalf of Scouting, you will need to follow The Scout Association’s guidance, as they may differ from rules you are familiar with for other organisations. Also, if you are driving a minibus overseas, you may need to check that you are eligible to do so, even if you are permitted to in the UK. The Scout Association says:

All visits [abroad] with minibuses must follow the advice of the Community Transport Association (CTA).

For more information, please click here: or contact Graham Carrington at or Tasha Watson at