Doing things safely is fundamental to everything we do in Scouting.
It is important to understand that Safety and Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone. Leaders may believe that we do not have any cause for concern. However, there were 183 Safeguarding referrals to Gilwell from across the UK during March 2022, including several from South East Scotland. In addition, there were 32 incidents in the year to September 2021 where young people from the Region were injured either during section activities or during camps.
Support from your Safeguarding and Safety Adviser. Please remember that Russell Shoulder, our Safeguarding and Safety Adviser is available to provide support across the Region on Safety and Safeguarding matters. Russell is available to help you promote a culture of Safe Scouting across your District/Group/Section. You can also contact him for information and support about events. He’ll check your event is in line with Scout policies, and make sure it’s being delivered safely. If you’re a manager, please reach out to him, so he can support you in your role.
A lot of relevant information is available at Staying safe and safeguarding | Scouts
All adult members must complete the mandatory on-going training at least every 3 years. (Safety, Safeguarding, and First Aid). Gilwell has analysed data over several years and concluded that there is a strong correlation between Safety and Safeguarding incidents and the length of time since training was undertaken. Safety and Safeguarding training are available on-line and each course takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
In addition to the mandatory training (stated above) leaders also need to complete module 17 (Running Safe Activities) to get their Wood Badge.
It is also important that all adult volunteers understand the Safeguarding Policy | Scouts and how to keep young people and adults at risk safe.
Have you completed your mandatory on-going safeguarding training? Safeguarding | Scouts
What should you do if you are worried about a young person? First, don’t panic. It’s your duty to report your concerns to your line manager, who’s there to help you. Whether your concerns are about a young person’s life inside or outside of Scouts, make sure you report it your line manager.
If you have any Safeguarding concerns, contact your line manager or DC. Your Line Manager or DC should then raise the concern with Gilwell. Raising a concern | Scouts
If the young person is at immediate risk of significant harm, call 999 and request the Police. Inform your GSL and DC immediately and copy firstname.lastname@example.org
The Safeguarding team does get a lot of enquiries about the rules around travelling with Young People. For clarification:
* A parent or Guardian cannot give you permission to break any our policies.
It is very important that all adult volunteers:
Have you completed your mandatory on-going safety training? Safety Training | Scouts
The Region can deliver a premises safety seminar, on request, that is primarily targeted at groups that have their own premises. However, it is also of value to groups that hire premises as you would then be able to assess whether such premises have the necessary safety safeguards.
As the weather gets better, and a little warmer, let’s make sure we’re considering the risks of hot weather for both young people and adult volunteers. You can find help in our Hot weather and Summer activity advice | Scouts
Now we’re preparing for our first summer after the pandemic, it’s important we remember the key steps of the Nights Away process. When planning for nights away, make sure you check disclosures and training for adult volunteers, and consider the risks involved with your programme. Leaders must not attend camp if they have not completed their mandatory on-going training as a minimum. (Getting Started, Safety, Safeguarding, GDPR and First Aid). Please check you’ve got a permit holder in place, and you’ve done the Nights Away Notification Form (NAN) well in advance of the proposed activity.
To support volunteers, Gilwell recently updated guidance for maintaining good health, hygiene and wellbeing for all involved in Scouting Health, hygiene and wellbeing | Scouts. This guidance includes some new guidance for menstrual hygiene Managing menstrual hygiene on camp | Scouts.
If you’re holding any events or nights away, please remember to follow the Green Card scouting-and-alcohol-green-card.pdf (scouts.org.uk). During scouting events attended by under18s the following apply:
District Commissioners should check that all leaders attending camp have completed the necessary training before signing off the NAN form and that they have current Yellow, Green and Purple cards.
Remember, Scouting should be fun, exciting and safe for everyone involved so please ensure that you:
And remember that, our code of practice says, ‘Young People First’ and that is at the centre of all that we do.
If you require any general advice or would like a Safety and Safeguarding seminar for your Group or District, please contact myself.
Safety and Safeguarding Adviser
South East Scotland Scouts