Safeguarding. A code of practice.

It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect & from physical, sexual & emotional harm.

Please read & observe the following code of practice for all adults (aged 18 & over).

1. Keep to this code at all times.
2. Treat everyone with dignity & respect.
3. Set an example for others to follow.
4. Treat all young people equally – do not show favouritism.
5. Plan activities that involve more than one other person being present, or at least are within sight & hearing of others.
6. Follow the recommended adult-to-young-people ratios for meetings & activities.
7. Respect a young person’s right to personal privacy.
8. Avoid unacceptable situations within a relationship of trust, for example a sexual relationship with a young person who is over the age of consent.
9. Have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, adults & young leaders working with a younger section.
10. Allow young people to talk about any concerns they may have.
11. Encourage others to challenge attitudes or behaviour they do not like.
12. Avoid being drawn into inappropriate attention-seeking behaviour, for example tantrums & crushes.
13. Make everyone – young people, parents, carers, young leaders & other helpers – aware of our safeguarding arrangements.
14. Remember this code at sensitive moments, for example when helping someone who has been bullied, bereaved or abused.
15. Tell other leaders where you are & what you are doing.
16. Remember someone else might misinterpret your actions, even if you mean well.
17. Take allegations or concerns of abuse seriously & refer them to your GSL or DC immediately.

Do Not;
1. Trivialise abuse
2. Form a relationship with a young person that is an abuse of trust.
3. Drink alcohol when you are directly responsible for young people & never allow young people on Scouting activities to drink alcohol.
4. Allow abusive activities, for example initiation ceremonies or bullying.
5. Take part in inappropriate behaviour or contact, whether physical, verbal or sexual.
6. Take part in physical contact games with young people.
7. Make suggestive remarks or threats to a young person, even in fun.
8. Use inappropriate language when writing, phoning, emailing or using the internet.
9. Let allegations, suspicions or concerns about abuse go unreported.
10. Rely just on your good name to protect you.

If you are involved, you MUST refer. You MUST NOT investigate.

If you are in any doubt about what to do, contact
Scout Information Centre: 0845 300 1818 or email:

Fifth Edition © The Scout Association 2012