Safeguarding. A code of practice.

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

All members have a duty to report concerns or suspicions & a right to do so in confidence & free from harassment.

Please read & observe the following code of practice for all adults (aged 18 & over) See Orange Card for Young Leaders.

1. Remember that you are a role model at ALL times, inside & outside Scouting. Set a good example for others to follow.
2. Treat everyone with dignity & respect in line with the Scouting values.
3. Treat all young people equally – do not show favouritism.
4. Follow the adult-to-young person ratios at all times.
5. Remember that you have been placed in a position of trust – do not abuse this.
6. Report all allegations, suspicions & concerns immediately.
7. Remember that someone may misinterpret you actions.
8. Respect a young persons right to personal privacy.
9. Act within appropriate boundaries, even in difficult circumstances.
10. Encourage an open & transparent culture, where people can challenge inappropriate attitudes or behaviours.
11. Make everyone (young people, parents, carers, young leaders & other helpers) aware of our safeguarding arrangements & share our Yellow Card – our Code of Behaviour.
12. Create an environment where young people feel safe to voice their concerns.
13. Have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, adults & Young Leaders working with a younger section.
14. Plan activities that involve more than one other person being present, or at least within sight & hearing of others. Do not plan to be alone with a young person.

Do Not;
1. Drink alcohol when you are directly responsible for young people & never allow young people on Scouting activities to drink alcohol.
2. Trivialise abuse or let it go unreported.
3. Join in physical contact games with young people.
4. Overstep the boundaries between yourself & young people by engaging in friendships or sexual relationships.
5. Allow activities that encourage bullying behaviour including initiation ceremonies, dares or forfeits.
6. Use inappropriate, suggestive or threatening language, whether verbal, written or online.
7. Rely on your reputation or position to protect you.

You must refer any concern or complaint to your GSL or DC as a matter of urgency. DO NOT investigate it yourself.

If you are in any doubt about what to do, contact the
Scout Information Centre on 0345 300 1818 or email:

Version 7. Nov 2018 © The Scout Association

Further Information;

Young People First (Yellow Card) PDF

Young People First – A guide for Young Leaders (Orange Card) PDF