Safety & Child Protection

Is Scouts safe?

We think so.
We are governed by the Policy Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association.  These are followed by every Scout Group in the UK and they include rules covering child protection and the running of specific activities.

All of our leaders have undergone a Disclosure Scotland PVG check . All of our leaders hold a “first response” first aid certificate or a higher qualification.  For adventurous activities, Scouting operates a permit scheme to make sure that only leaders with appropriate training and experience can run certain activities.

Although we try to manage the risks to make our activities as safe as practicable, some of our activities carry an inherent element of risk (for example we couldn’t go kayaking without going near water).   This is part of what makes them fun and adventurous, and whilst we try to ensure that the risks are controlled as best as we can, we can never totally remove them.

If you have any questions about the safety precautions associated with an activity or about our child protection policies, then please speak to a leader.

You can find more information about child protection in Scouting from The Scout Association website here.

I'm worried about bullying

We have a zero tolerance attitude to bullying.  If you are being bullied, please speak to your section leader as soon as possible.  If you wish to raise your concerns further, please follow the guidance on the Problems and Complaints FAQ.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls