Child Protection

Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding the welfare of our youth members.

The Scout Association takes its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care very seriously.

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. A copy of the latest version of the yellow card in PDF format is attached below.

Anti-Bullying Policy

'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.

Contact information:

Should you have any concerns regarding the welfare or protection of Scout members, you should contact the local Scout District Commissioner. You can also contact the Scout Associations Safeguarding Team on 020 8443 7164 during office hours or on 07977 539 630 for emergencies only.

Greater London Middlesex West's Safeguarding Coordinator is Alison Oakley who can be contacted here.

Other useful contacts:

Visit the Scout Associations Child Protection pages here.

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline is a free, confidential 24-hour helpline, for reporting concerns about the safety of a child. Call 0800 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website.

Parentline Plus is a free, confidential 24-hour helpline for parents concerned about a wide range of issues. Call 0808 800 2222 or visit the Parentline Plus website

Kidscape has advice and information bullying and runs a helpline Monday to Tuesday from 10am to 8pm and Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Call 08451 205204, or visit the Kidscape website.

Think U Know is a website for parents and young people who have concerns about their safety on the internet. Visit the Think U Know website.

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