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Safeguarding

Every week, thousands of young people participate in Scouting activities, and wherever they are or whatever they are doing, they must be safe.

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Information about anti-bullying can be found here.

 

Safeguarding Training

Details of face-to-face courses are available on the training course dates page.

Online safeguarding awareness training is available here.

 

What Happens if …?

If you suspect abuse, a young person confides in you, or a complaint is made about any adult or about yourself, it is your duty to report the concern.

If a young person tells you about abuse by someone else:

  1. Allow the young person to speak without interruption, accepting what is said
  2. Offer immediate understanding and reassurance, while passing no judgement
  3. Advise that you will try to offer support but that you must pass the information on
  4. Immediately tell your Group Scout Leader or District Commissioner
  5. Write careful notes of what was said; use actual words wherever possible
  6. Sign, date and pass your notes to your District Commissioner
  7. Ensure that no Scouting situation arises which could cause any further concern

Note: In an emergency (young person at imminent risk of significant harm) contact police or social service/work department direct. Inform your District Commissioner of the action you have taken.

If you have a concern about a young person’s safety and well being:

  1. Immediately tell your Group Scout Leader or District Commissioner
  2. Write careful notes of what you witnessed, heard or was told
  3. Sign, date and pass your notes to your District Commissioner
  4. Ensure that no Scouting situation arises which could cause any further concern


If you receive a complaint or allegation about any adult or about yourself:

  1. Immediately tell your Group Scout Leader or District Commissioner
  2. Write careful notes of what you witnessed, heard or was told
  3. Sign, date and pass your notes to your District Commissioner
  4. Try to ensure no-one is placed in a position which could cause further compromise


Note: Any adult in Scouting has the right to report any concerns, or suspicions about another Member in confidence and free from harassment.

You must refer; you must not investigate.

If in any doubt about policy or procedure please contact the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818 
www.scouts.org.uk/childprotection

Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinator:- Peter Whitehouse

To contact Peter, please fill in the below form