Actively involve young people in creating a Code of Conduct for the section. Young people are more likely to remember and stick to a code of conduct that they themselves have played a part in creating it.
Consider what is appropriate to the age and maturity of the young people. It is best practice to instill a code of conduct into the section based on the Promise, but in language that is appropriate for the age of the section.
- Refer back to the Code regularly and review. This will help everyone know what to expect.
- Remind people periodically (i.e. at the start of each new term) what the agreed rules are.
- When new people start, get the young people to show them the Code of Conduct so they know what is expected rather than hoping they will pick it up. Perhaps use a buddy system
- Share with parents/carers know as well.
Tips for an effective Code of Conduct are as follows:
- Created in partnership with young people.
- Mutually agreed and ‘owned’ by the young people together with the adult leadership team.
- Doesn’t contain too many rules.
- Worded positively.
- Language appropriate to the level of understanding of the young people.
- Relevant to all circumstances – e.g. camps, trips.
- Adheres to the Yellow Card and reflects the Values of Scouting.
- Effectively communicated to everyone, including new Members and parents/carers (for at least Beaver, Cub and Scout sections).
- Followed by the adult leadership team at all times.
- Displayed prominently within the meeting and referred back to.
- Reviewed regularly.
- Agree on a plan if standards are not met