The first night away from home. The first hike. The first trip abroad.
All of these moments are great for developing young people’s confidence, but we know how daunting it can be to the one helping pack their overnight bag and waving them off at the gates. And we know it doesn’t necessarily get easier as they grow.
Young people thrive in secure surroundings, at home and away. Wherever we go, we’re serious about keeping them safe.
As a parent or carer, you’re bound to have questions about how we do this. At 1st Sedgley, we abide by The Scout Associations regulations and advice which go above and beyond government and legal standards.
To see our latest guidelines and information please refer to the national website linked below.
All our volunteers give their time freely to help young people thrive. Some volunteers lead their group week in and week out. Others call in occasionally to share a specific skill, or provide an extra pair of hands – whether they’re abseiling down mountains, or helping a group of eight-year-olds build a robot, or expertly remembering how everyone takes their tea.
All of our leaders are interviewed locally and asked to provide references. They undergo the mandatory training they need to be the best they can be, including basic first aid and child protection. Special training is provided for those taking young people away on residential events like camps and sleepovers.
Everyone who works with young people also has to undertake a disclosure check (also known as a ‘police check’).
Leaders Code of Conduct (The Yellow & Orange Cards)
Yes. As Scouts, we have a clear code of behaviour we expect everyone to abide by, known as the ‘Yellow Card’. This code is shared with all adults who interact with young people – regardless of their role – and is included in the training leaders receive.
The ‘Orange Card’ is a code of practice for young leaders. It’s 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.
If you’re unhappy with anything relating to your child’s time in The Scouts, you should raise it immediately with the 1st Sedgley team, no matter how trivial it may seem. Our Group Scout Leader who is responsible for overseeing and supporting volunteers in each section manages the group and can be contacted by emailing GSL@1stsedgleyscouts.org.uk or by asking a leader for his phone number.
If you’d rather speak to someone else, contact the Scout Information Centre on 0345 300 1818.
Camps and outings
All leaders taking young people away will give you notice, ask for your permission and provide you with a way of contacting the group while they’re away.
All residential activities (such as camps and sleepovers) are required to have at least two adults present unless the young people involved are participating in an expedition or event where adults are not expected to attend at all. We’ll always tell you if there is to be no adult presence for a particular activity, and we’ll never ask to take individual young people away on their own.
No young people under the age of 18 are allowed to consume alcohol while they’re taking part in Scout activities.
The leader responsible for any overnight stays must have a specific permit and be approved by The Scout Association to take responsibility for young people overnight. They must also have each camp and its activities approved by Dudley District Scouts.
What parents should be aware of
The NSPCC advises parents and carers to be wary of
- Activities where parents are discouraged from staying to watch or become involved.
- Activities or behaviour that encourage rough play, sexual innuendo or humiliating punishments.
- Individuals who take charge and operate independently of organisational guidelines.
- Individuals who show favouritism or personally reward specific children.
- Encouragement of inappropriate physical contact.
- Poor communication and lack of parental involvement, leaving you feeling uneasy.
- Children who drop out or stop going for no apparent reason
- Invitations for children to spend time alone with staff or volunteers (or even to visit their home).
We agree wholeheartedly with the NSPCC and would not expect any of this behaviour to occur at 1st Sedgley.
As always, if you have any concerns, please raise them immediately with any of our leaders, or – if you’d rather speak to someone else –
contact the Scout Information Centre on 0345 300 1818.