Safety in Scouting

Concerns about Scouting

We hope that everyone who comes into contact with Scouting will have a positive experience. However, it is inevitable that on occasions, concerns may arise which require investigation.

Please understand that everyone who leads Scouting at District level are volunteers and undertake their scouting roles in their spare time. if your complaint is about a matter within one of our local Scout Groups please contact the Group Scout Leader. The Group Scout Leader is the manager of scouting activities within the Scout Group. They will listen to the complaint and will do their best to answer your concerns.

If you feel you do not want to discuss the matter with the Group Scout Leader, or if they cannot deal with your concerns, or if your query is more serious, then please contact our District Commissioner: dc@ricmondscouts.org.uk.

How we keep your child safe

Our adults have a responsibility to make sure that our Programme is fun and exciting. They also make sure that it is safe. Our policies, rules, code of behaviour and advice on child protection and safety are there to ensure our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.

Adult volunteers who work in Scouting are required to hold a enhanced disclosure certificate (DBS). In addition, they are required to undertake training on safeguarding and are provided with a card “Young People First”, providing the code of behaviour.

In addition, Scouting Leaders undergo regular first aid training and additional training to ensure that, as far as reasonably practicable, Scouting activities are undertaken with the welfare of young people are protected (including anti-bullying policies) and carried out safely.

I want the public to know how Scouting continues to open young people’s eyes to a world of extraordinary promise and possibilities.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls