It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm.

We are committed to:

  • Taking the interests and well-being of young people into account, in all our considerations and activities.
  • Respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom we work.
  • Taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
  • Promoting the welfare of young people and their protection within a position of trust.
  • All adults in Scouting, including members of the Scout Network who wish to work with young people, are responsible for putting this policy into practice at all times.
  • An adult in Scouting has a responsibility to ensure that young people are protected from harm. It is the responsibility of each adult in Scouting to ensure that:
  • Their behaviour is appropriate at all times.
  • They observe the rules established for the safety and security of young people.
  • They follow the procedures following suspicion, disclosure or allegation of child abuse.
  • They recognise the position of trust in which they have been placed.
  • In every respect, the relationships they form with the young people under their care are appropriate.


Reporting a concern

If a young person is at immediate risk of significant harm call 999 and request Police. Inform your Group Scout Leader or District Commissioner once you have done this.

If you are in any doubt about what to do, contact the Scout Information Centre.
Phone: 0345 300 1818


Further information

Young People First (Yellow Card)

Young People First for Young Leaders (Orange Card)

'Stay Safe' Leaflets for Young people (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers)

DC Procedures

Safeguarding information for parents