Young People First
It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all Members by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm.
The Scout Association is committed to:
- taking into account in all its considerations and activities the interests and well-being of young people
- respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom it is working
- taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and
- promoting the welfare of young people and their protection within a relationship of trust.
All adults aged eighteen or over, no matter what their role or involvement within Scouting, are responsible for putting this policy into practice at all times.
The Association’s ‘Young People First’ code of good practice is published in the form of a pocket size yellow card that all adults in Scouting are asked to keep with them. This contains information about how to report concerns or allegations of abuse and also a code of behaviour that all adults are required to follow.