INFORMATION ABOUT SCOUTING
Safeguarding training is a requirement for all adults and young leaders in Scouting who are involved with children and young people. Details of courses run by the Region can be found using our Adult Training section. The Region recommends that the detailed course is completed every three years to ensure that leaders are up to date with current thinking and practice, for example about accommodation arrangements. Leaders need to ensure that they have attended one of our detailed safeguarding courses before they attend for their five-year review meeting.
Our Safeguarding Awareness Coordinator is Russell Shoulder and he can be contacted at any time for advice, assistance or queries about safeguarding and safeguarding training.
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 Scout Association 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 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
- You must follow the Scout safeguarding procedure on the Yellow Card.
- You must inform your GSL or District Commissioner – contact details from the Regional Office, 0131 441 1878.
- If you cannot get hold of them, you must refer to Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner – contact details from the Regional Office, 0131 441 1878, or using email firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Or contact the Scout Information and Safeguarding Team, UK HQ, Gilwell Park, 0208 433 7172 and email@example.com.
Where you can find help, advice and information if you have a safeguarding or abuse query
- Your GSL and District Commissioner – contact details from the Regional Office: 0131 441 1878.
- Our Safeguarding Awareness Coordinator, 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
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