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Swanley District Scouts



We’ve made some changes to the Yellow Card. 

From 1 January 2024, the new requirement is for everyone to report any concern directly to the UK HQ Safeguarding Team.

This makes sure that we’re aware of concerns as soon as possible and can put measures in place to minimise risks to children, young people and adults at risk. 

The UK HQ Safeguarding team will be on hand to provide volunteers with advice, support and guidance from the moment a concern is reported. If a volunteer informs another member about the concern, then both individuals must then report direct to the UK HQ Safeguarding team. 

Another change we’ve made is that anyone reporting a concern who has a personal relationship or family connection with those involved needs to step back from the situation and inform the UK HQ Safeguarding Team.

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.

ALL adults in Scouting are subject to a mandatory check from the Disclosure and Disbarring Service (formerly known as a CRB check) and the appointment of Leaders follows a rigorous regime of taking up references and interviews. 

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.

All adults in Scouting are responsible for putting this policy into practice at all times.

All adults MUST adhere to the Yellow Card 'Young People First' code of Practice.

All adults in Scouting undergo mandatory Safeguarding training which MUST be renewed at regular interviews


We expect all leaders to take courses in basic first aid and child protection. Special training is provided for those taking young people away on residential events like camps and sleepovers.

Outings and camps

All leaders taking young people on outings or camps will give you notice in writing, ask for your permission and provide you with a method of contacting the group while they are away. We will never ask to take individual young people away on their own or without another adult being present.

What to do if you have concerns

If you are unhappy with anything relating to your child's time in Scouting you should raise it with your child's leaders. If you would rather speak to someone else, please contact the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818.

The code of practice:

DoDo not
  • remember that you are a role model at all times, inside and outside of Scouts. You must set a good example for others to follow.
  • treat everyone with dignity and respect in line with the Scouting Values.
  • treat all young people equally – do not show favouritism.
  • follow the adult-to-young person ratios at all times.
  • remember that you have been placed in a position of trust - do not abuse this trust.
  • report all safeguarding concerns directly to the Safeguarding Team as soon as possible, and always within 24 hours.
  • contact the Safeguarding Team if you receive details of any statutory agency (for example, the police, the
    Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) or children’s services) involvement regarding a member.
  • remember that someone may misinterpret your actions.
  • respect a young person's right to personal privacy.
  • act within appropriate boundaries, even in difficult circumstances.
  • encourage an open and transparent culture, where people challenge or report behaviour that is not in line with this code.
  • make everyone aware of our safeguarding arrangements. Share our Yellow Card with volunteers, parents and guardians, and display it where meetings take place.
  • create an environment where children and young people feel safe and able to voice their concerns
  • have separate sleeping accommodation for young people and adults, as well as young leaders working with a younger section.
  • plan activities that involve more than one other person
    being present. If that’s not possible, make sure other
    people can see and hear what’s going on.
  • plan to be alone with a child or young person in
    Scouts, either online or in person.
  • drink alcohol when you are directly responsible for children and young people in Scouts, and never allow under 18s to drink alcohol on Scout activities.
  • trivialise concerns or abuse.
  • let concerns or abuse go unreported. Contact the Safeguarding Team, especially if you feel your concern has not been taken seriously.
  • join in physical contact games with young people.
  • overstep the boundaries with children and young people by being involved in friendships or personal relationships with them.
  • allow activities that encourage bullying behaviour including initiation ceremonies, dares or forfeits.
  • use inappropriate, suggestive or threatening language, whether verbal, written or online.
  • rely on your reputation or position to protect you.
  • get involved with a safeguarding concern if you
    have a personal friendship or family connection
    with those involved. Step back and tell the
    Safeguarding Team about the connection.

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