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Swanley District Scouts

Safeguarding

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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

Training

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 Scouting. Set a good example for others to follow
  • treat everyone with dignity and respect in line with the Scouting Values
  • 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
  • report all allegations, suspicions and concerns immediately
  • 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 can challenge inappropriate attitudes or behaviours
  • make everyone (young people, parents and carers, Young Leaders and other helpers) aware of our safeguarding arrangements and share our Yellow Card - our Code of Behaviour
  • create an environment where young people feel safe to voice their concerns
  • have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, adults and Young Leaders working with a younger section
  • plan activities that involve more than one other person being present, or at least within sight and hearing of others.
  • plan to be alone with a young person
  • drink alcohol when you are directly responsible for young people and never allow young people on Scouting activities to drink alcohol
  • trivialise abuse or let it go unreported
  • join in physical contact games with young people
  • overstep the boundaries between yourself and young people by engaging in friendships or sexual relationships
  • 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.



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