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37: Advising on Adult Appointments

The Appointments Advisory Committee’s main function is to assist with the process of appointing adults in scouting by advising on their suitability. 

It is important to remember that the committee is not a ‘rubber-stamping’ body. It must carry out its responsibilities with integrity and with the welfare of the Movement and its Members in mind. On the one hand, it has an important role in ensuring those who are unsuitable to work with young people or look after funds do not have access to either. On the other, it should not be a barrier to those who are genuinely interested in and suitable for taking on a role.

Ultimately, the Appointments Advisory Committee exists to support the relevant commissioner, who has overall responsibility for Scouting in their locality.

Our Adult Appointments Process

When appointing new adults we follow a simple appointments process which is made up of three stages, these are:


More information on this process can be found in our ‘At a glance guide’ and on our welcome to scouting webpages at

Below you will find guides, resources and tools to help you in your role as a member of an Appointment Advisory Committee.

POR - The Appointments Process


The Appointments Process: Guide to appointing adults