Safeguarding and Safety

On this page you will find details of how the Scout Association and our Group looks after all our members and importantly who to contact if necessary.

Our Lead Person for Safeguarding is Michelle Kingan.

“I am an Assistant Beaver Leader. In my day job I am a social worker in Children’s Services, so am familiar with safeguarding” 

What to do if you have concerns
If you are unhappy with anything relating to your child’s time in Scouting, please contact your child’s Section leader or our Group Scout Leader (

Should you have concerns about the welfare of any member (not only in a Scouting context), please contact Michelle ( If you would rather speak to someone else, please contact the District Commissioner ( or the Scout Information Centre.


The Scout Association takes its responsibilities to safeguard all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm seriously.
The Scout Association’s policies, rules, code of behaviour, advice on Child Protection and safety policy are there to ensure our young people stay safe whilst the activities are fun, exciting and challenging.

The Scout Association has the following to help us fulfill our responsibilities

DBS Checks We check all adults who lead our Group (Leaders, Trustees and helpers) with the  Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).
Local Interview Leaders meet representatives of our district to discuss the role they are undertaking
Safeguarding and Safety Leaders complete Safeguarding training, either ‘tutor led’ or on-line and receive relevant guidance and information from The Scout Association
Child Protection & Code of behaviour We have a clear code of behaviour, known as “The Yellow Card” which is given to all adults working in Scouting, regardless of their role. This is also included in the training that leaders receive and providesadvice about how young people should be treated. We expect everyone to follow it. All Young Leaders (aged 14-18) within the Group also receive training and follow the Code of Behaviour.

Read The Scout Associations Child Protection Policy &  Code of Behaviour for adults (Yellow Card) 


We provide Scouting in a safe manner without risk to health, so far as is reasonably practicable.

All activities are run in accordance with The Scout Association’s rules and health and safety policies.
Safety Training and First Response or First Aid: All Leaders within the Group complete Safety Training and First Response or First Aid courses which are renewed regularly.
Nights away and special permits The Scout Association operates a permit scheme for leaders organising camps and adventurous activities. All leaders who run these activities have received training and the correct authorisation to run the activity.

Read The Scout Association’s Safety Policy

Where to find more information
Safe and Sound Leaflet