Child Protection and Equal Opportunities

Child Protection

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, 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.

Our ‘Young People First’ policy includes a code of good practice for adults in Scouting. The Scout Association has an effective, well-tried and tested system for vetting adults coming into the Movement to protect young people from harm.

Equal Opportunities

The Scout Association is part of a world-wide educational youth movement. The values which underpin and inspire its work lie within the Aim of the Association and in the Scout Promise and Law. Within this framework, The Scout Association is committed to equality of opportunity for all young people.
i. The Scout Association is committed to extending Scouting, its Aim and Method to young people in all parts of society.
ii No young person should receive less favourable Treatment on the basis of, nor suffer disadvantage by reason of:
ethnic origin, nationality (or statelessness) or race;
marital or sexual status;
mental or physical ability;
political or religious belief.

All Members of the Movement should seek to practice that equality, especially in promoting access to Scouting for young people in all parts of society. The Association opposes all forms of racism.

Note: with reference to gender: Membership of the training Sections of the Association is open to girls and young women of the appropriate ages subject to a process of local self determination in each Scout Group as to whether single sex provision should become co-educational. The Association requires all new Groups registered after January 2000 to be co-educational.