Child Protection (Safeguarding)


Below are some of the Scout Group policies which are regularly reviewed by the Executive Committee:

 

Child Protection (Safeguarding)

Child Protection is our number one concern. Warranted Leaders complete training and follow a Code of Behaviour also referred to as ‘Young People First’ or the ‘yellow card’, which we carry at all times. The Scout Association’s Child Protection Policy provides clear guidelines for child protection (see below) and all adults aged 18 or over within Scouting are responsible for the operation of the Policy.

It is the responsibility of all adults (including Occasional Helpers) to ensure that:

  • their behaviour is appropriate at all times;
  • they observe the rules established for the safety and security of young people;
  • they follow the procedures following suspicion, disclosure or allegation of child abuse;
  • they recognise the position of trust in which they have been placed;
  • in every respect, the relationships they form with the young people under their care are appropriate.

You can download the yellow card HERE.

Safe Scouting and what to do in an Emergency

The Purple Card is for all adults in Scouting. It contains essential information - Keep it with you. It can be down loaded HERE.

Occasional Helpers

We are extremely grateful for the support of Occasional Helpers (parents and other adults) and without this help, we could not offer so many camps and activities. For child protection reasons, Occasional Helpers are required to:

  1. Read the Association’s Child Protection Policy.
  2. Complete the Association’s online training ‘Module 1: Essential Information’ (and hand a copy of the certificate to their Section Leader). This takes around 20 minutes.
  3. Carry the yellow card.

Please download and complete the Child Protection Declaration confirming you agree to this and hand it your Section Leader or the GSL.

You can access the training module HERE. This will take you to the relevant page on the Scout Association web site and you can follow the link at the bottom of the page 'Safeguarding Awareness online training' to start the training module.

Executive Committee Members

Executive Committee Members are required to follow the same procedures as Occasional Helpers.

The "Staying Safe" - Safety Checklist for Executive Committees, can be downloaded HERE

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as CRB)

A DBS check is carried out on all volunteers.

Raising a Concern

If you or a young person has a concern, please speak to your Section Leader, Group Scout Leader or the District Commissioner.


The Scout Association Child Protection Policy

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. Accordingly The Scout Association is committed to:

  • taking into account in all its considerations and activities the interests and well-being of young people;
  • respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom it is working;
  • taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional harm;
  • promoting the welfare of young people and their protection within a relationship of trust.

Code of Behaviour

The Code lists the Dos and Don’ts including:

  • DO set an example you would wish others to follow.
  • DO plan activities that involve more than one other person being present, or at least are within sight and hearing of others.
  • DO avoid unacceptable situations within a relationship of trust e.g. a sexual relationship with a youth Member over the age of consent.
  • DO have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, adults and Young Leaders working with a younger section.
  • DO allow young people to talk about any concerns they may have.
  • DO make everyone aware of the Association’s child protection procedures - young people, parents/carers, Young Leaders and other helpers.
  • DO remember someone else might misinterpret your actions, no matter how well-intentioned.
  • DO NOT engage in inappropriate behaviour or contact - physical, verbal, sexual.

You can view The Scout Association’s Child Protection Policy including a full list of Dos and Don'ts HERE.

Anti-Bullying Policy

We do not tolerate bullying of any kind. The Scout Association’s Policy on anti-bullying can be viewed HERE. This is Chapter 2 "Key Policies", from the Scout Association "Policy, Organisation & Rules" January 2015 - see rule 2.5.

Further guidance and support

You can download a copy of the Safe and Sound leaflet for parents HERE.

Having read this information, if you wish to report any matters of concern about an individual or individuals in Scouting then please contact the Association’s safeguarding team at:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Behaviour Policy

Message from the Group Scout Leader

To All Parents

One of the many worthy aims of Scouting is that everyone should have fun. Essential to this is that every Beaver, Cub or Scout section must have an underlying set of behaviour standards to ensure order and safety. A key part of this is that everyone should respect the values of Scouting, other members of their section, and their Leaders.

I am very proud of the very high standards of Scouting that our leaders deliver to your children in all sections. Behaviour standards are generally very good across the Group. However, in order to maintain these high standards, I would ask for your help in reaffirming with your children what is expected. Leaders voluntarily give their time to deliver an interesting and exciting programme of activities. They do not enjoy disruptive behaviour or constantly having to make themselves heard by shouting at the Group. Leaders will always apply a measured response to disruption, but persistent anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. 

With this in mind, I would like to remind all of our "Code of Conduct" so that everyone is clear of what is expected.

1st Linslade Scout Group Code of Conduct for all members

• Leaders will deal with minor incidents by talking to the culprits. This will be on an escalating, "Three strikes and you're out" basis, when the third sanction will be a report to the parents.
• More serious incidents such as bullying or fighting will be reported directly to parents, and robust action will be taken.
• Members will be asked to leave if the individual is deemed to be a risk to others or the well-being of the Group.
• Safety is paramount - members MUST listen to instructions.
• Leaders and Adult Helpers should be shown respect at all times.
• In Scouting, a request for quiet is indicated by the Leader raising their arm or blowing a whistle. All members are expected to stop talking and pay attention to the Leader at such time.
• "Flag break" or "Parade" is an important ritual at the start and end of each meeting. Members are expected to be quiet and to show respect to the Aims of Scouting, and to listen to their Leaders.

To conclude, I would like to stress that my overall aim is that everyone in 1st Linslade Scout Group should have fun, safely and considerately. I'm sure that you all share this aim, and I would be very grateful if you could reaffirm this code of conduct with your children.

If anyone has any concerns regarding this code of conduct please contact me.

With thanks,

Andy Skinner
Group Scout Leader
1st Linslade Scout Group

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Participation Fund

A small amount of money is set aside for when any members or members’ families are experiencing financial challenges.
The aim of the fund is to help ensure that no Young People, whose families are suffering financial challenges, lose out from Scouting activities. It is intended to enable Young People in a situation where funds are tight.
The fund is explicitly to cover challenges in paying for Scouting equipment or activities, for example, it might be used for:

  • One-off uniform purchase/contribution.
  • Allow the Young person to attend a particular event.
  • A small reduction in subscription payments for a period


In return you might be asked to volunteer some of your time to assist the Group.
If any Group members (or their parents on their behalf) would like to access the fund, please contact the Executive Committee via the CONTACTS page, who will discreetly consider your request.

 

 

 

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