Helping young children to enjoy new adventures and grow in confidence is a responsibility that we take very seriously.
We’re committed to making Scouting enjoyable and safe for everyone. Young people thrive in safe surroundings, and their physical and emotional safety is our highest priority. It’s important for parents to know that their children are having fun and enjoying challenges in a safe environment.
If you choose to volunteer your time, there’s a process everybody has to go through to ensure their suitability:
Interview – once you’ve applied, you’ll be invited to a local interview and asked to provide some references.
Disclosure check – you’ll also have to complete a disclosure check (DBS – Disclosure Barring Service), which used to be called a Criminal Record Check (CRB). This helps to confirm your suitability to work with children. It gives details of any convictions (including spent convictions), cautions, warnings or reprimands which may have been issued to you, plus any information, which the police may consider to be relevant.
Code of Behaviour
All adults involved in Scouting are given a clear code or behaviour. The code reflects our values and everybody is expected to follow it. You can view our code here. Alternatively just ask any Scout Leader or volunteer for a copy.
More specialised instruction is offered to anyone who goes away with young people, staying over on residential or camping events and if you go on to become a Leader in Scouting, we’d expect you to complete training in subjects like First Aid and Child Protection.
You can read more about the training we offer here.
We’re determined that Scouting should always be an adventure. But it should always be a safe one.