The Scout Association has a clear policy for safeguarding members. The purpose of which is to ensure everyone involved in Scouting is free to enjoy the experiences offered by the association without fear of suffering any form of harm. Every leader within the 25th Bromley Scout Group adheres to this policy and is regularly trained and retrained to ensure this is kept to at the highest standards. They are also regularly checked by the DBS (formerly the CRB) in line with Scout Association Policy to ensure the integrity of all of our leaders and non uniform members.
The rest of this page is the Scout Association Policy on safeguarding members, please read it and contact us if you have any questions or concerns. The document to the right of the screen is the code of conduct issued to every adult member that they carry and adhere to always.
Please note that the below policy is subject to change by the Scout Association at any time as it continues to be reviewed and improved and can be viewed directly on their website here.
Child Protection Policy
The Scout Association takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care.
The Scout Association is committed to:
- taking into account in all its considerations and activities the interests and well-being of young people
- respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom it is working
- taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from physical, sexual and emotional harm
- promoting the welfare of young people within a relationship of trust
The Scout Association believes that safeguarding and protecting the welfare of all the young people we work with is the responsibility of everyone.
The Association’s Young People First code of good practice is published in the form of a pocket size yellow card that all adults are asked to keep with them. This contains information about how to report concerns or allegations of abuse and also a code of behaviour that all adults are required to follow.
Children and young people have the right to protection from all forms of violence – physical or mental. (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)
The Scout Association is committed to ensuring, as far as is reasonably practicable, the prevention of all forms of bullying among Members.
It is the responsibility of all adults in Scouting to help develop a caring and supportive atmosphere, where bullying in any form is unacceptable. To this end, all Scouting activities should have rigorous anti-bullying strategies in place.
Contacts for parents:
Should you have any concerns regarding the welfare or protection of Scout members, you should contact the local Scout District Commissioner. Alternatively please call the Scout Information Centre 0845 300 1818 and say that you wish to discuss a child protection issue.
Other useful contacts:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline free, at any time, for reporting concerns about the safety of a child. Call 0800 800 5000
Concerned about the safety of your child on the Internet?
Parentline Plus is a free, confidential 24-hour helpline for parents concerned about a wide range of issues. Call 0808 800 2222 or visit www.parentlineplus.org.uk
Anti-Bullying Campaign operates a helpline for parents and counselling for children who are being bullied. Call 020 7378 1446
Kidscape produces leaflets and booklets on bullying and runs a helpline Monday â€“ Friday on 08451 205204, or visit www.kidscape.org.uk