Child Protection – A code of good practice


“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.”


Code of behaviour

Do keep to this code at all times.

Do treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Do set an example for others to follow.

Do treat all young people equally – do not show favouritism.

Do plan activities that involve more than one other person being present, or at least are within sight and hearing of others.

Do follow the recommended adult-to-young people ratios for meetings and activities.

Do respect a young person’s right to personal privacy.

Do avoid unacceptable situations within a relationship of trust; for example, a sexual relationship with a young person who is over the age of consent.

Do have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, adults and Young Leaders working with a younger section.

Do allow young people to talk about any concerns they may have.

Do encourage others to challenge attitudes or behaviours they do not like.

Do avoid being drawn into inappropriate attention-seeking behaviour, for example tantrums and crushes

Do make everyone – young people, parents and carers, Young Leaders and other helpers –  aware of our safeguarding arrangements.

Do remember this code at sensitive moments, for example when helping someone who has been bullied, bereaved or abused.

Do tell other leaders where you are and what you are doing

Do remember someone else might misinterpret your actions, even if you mean well.

Do take any allegations or concerns of abuse seriously and refer them to your Group Scout Leader or District Commissioner immediately.

Do not trivialise abuse.

Do not form a relationship with a young person that is an abuse of trust.

Do not drink alcohol when you are directly responsible for young people and never allow young people on Scouting activities to drink alcohol.

Do not  allow abusive activities, for example initiation ceremonies or bullying.

Do not take part in inappropriate behaviour or contact, whether physical, verbal or sexual.

Do not take part in physical contact games with young people.

Do not make suggestive remarks or threats to a young person, even in fun.

Do not use inappropriate language when writing, phoning, emailong or using the internet.

Do not let allegations, suspicions, or concerns about abuse go unreported.

Do not rely just on your good name to protect you.

Taken from The Yellow Card for Leaders and Adults – The Scout Association

(Last Updated August 2012 – Version 5)