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Safeguarding training

Safeguarding training is a mandatory requirement for all adults in Scouting who are involved with children and young people.  Details of the online course can be found using our Adult Training section.  You must renew your Safeguarding training at least every 3 years. As a leader, you need to ensure that you have completed our safeguarding course before you attend for your five-year review meeting. If your safeguarding qualification has lapsed, it is unlikely that a NAN or Adventurous Activity Permit would be agreed or awarded until such time as your safeguarding course has been updated.

Our Regional Safeguarding Adviser is Russell Shoulder and he can be contacted at any time for advice, assistance or queries about safeguarding.

Safeguarding in Scouting

We are committed to making sure that Scouting is enjoyable and safe for everyone who takes part. It is the policy of The Scouts to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm. We are committed to:

  • Taking the interests and well-being of young people into account, in all our considerations and activities.
  • Respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom we work.
  • Taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
  • Promoting the welfare of young people and their protection within a position of trust.

An adult in Scouting also has a responsibility to ensure that they do not put themselves in a position where they could have an allegation made against themselves.

All adults in Scouting, including executive members, ASU members and members of the Scout Network, who wish to work with young people, are responsible for putting this policy into practice at all times.

What to do if a safeguarding issue arises

If you have concerns about a safeguarding or abuse matter, then:

  • You must follow the Scout safeguarding procedure on the Yellow Card.
  • You must inform your GSL or District Commissioner.
  • If you cannot get hold of them, you must refer to the Regional Commissioner using email .
  • If you cannot contact any of the above and the young person is at immediate risk of significant harm, you must telephone the police.

Where you can find help, advice and information if you have a safeguarding or abuse query

  • Your GSL and District Commissioner.
  • Our Regional Safeguarding Adviser, Russell Shoulder, can be contacted at any time for advice, assistance or queries about safeguarding.

Where you can suggest a young person might go for help or information

  • NSPCC Helpline 0800 328 0904
  • Childline 0800 1111

Regional Safeguarding Adviser

Russell Shoulder

The role of the Regional Safeguarding Adviser is to provide / support across the Region on matters of safeguarding:

  • providing advice to executive committees, commissioners, campsite / activity centre managers and wardens and leaders,
  • offer information and support to members regarding compliance with safeguarding measures, helping them to identify what may be done to further encourage best practice and the implementation of The Scouts safeguarding policies
  • Provide information and support to event organisers on how to ensure events are delivered safely and in line with Scouts policies.

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