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eDofE skills

First suggested by Hampshire Scouts and DofE National Scout Active Support Unit (SASU)
Discover how the eDofE system works and the different ways you can use it

You will need

  • Access to a computer or device with internet access
  • Projector and screen (optional)
  • Additional computers or electronic devices (optional)

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • If you are using a projector and screen, set it up at one end of your meeting place.
  • This activity needs access into the eDofE system. This could be done through an accessor’s account or a young person’s account.
  • There are a few places where you can access instructional videos to help learn more about the system. You could have a look at a video provided by the DofE National SASU team or have a look at the DofE’s videos.
  • There are some key videos to watch, such as how to log in, how to complete a section and how to change your activity. Have a look through the available videos and open up any you would like to go through before the activity.

eDofE skills

  1. Ask everyone to gather around the computer or the projector screen if you are using one.
  2. Explain that this activity will help people learn how to use some of the eDofE system.
  3. Show everyone a video, for example ‘How to use DofE’, and then repeat the process on the computer for everyone to see.
  1. When everyone is happy with the first video, choose another one to watch.


Getting to grips with the eDofE system takes a bit of practise, but once you have got the hang of it, it is very east to upload your information. This activity helped you learn about the different processes within the system and gave you the opportunity to have a go yourself.

How easy was it to use and understand the system? Were some parts easier than others? Think about whether you were adding in information or adding in an activity and whether one needed more information than the other. Was it helpful to go through the videos or did having a go yourself help more?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.