If you have already had approval to return to face to face activities then no, you just need to make sure that your risk assessment is still relevant. If you have not yet had approval to return or are moving to a new readiness level you've not been approved to operate at previously then you will need to get approval. Don't forget that if there are any significant changes in the way you will be operating or the hazards associated with your return then you will need to update your risk assessment and discuss with the approver the changes.
Yes, all leaders will need a valid disclosure so that they can take part in face-to-face activities. However, for anyone who's disclosure has expired during this lockdown period, there will be a 90 day period for outstanding disclosure checks to be completed (this expired on the 5th October 2020). Full details of the disclosure process can be found here.
The different UK governments have approved different sizes of groups for different activities to ensure that a wide range of activities can resume after lockdown in a safe way. So different group size rules apply in different circumstances. Scouts follow the guidelines established for youth activities which are exempt from these lower group sizes if operating in a COVID safe way (as per the Scouts guidelines for getting back together safely.
Yes, social distancing (2m) is still required in Scouts activities, unless dealing with an emergency. Plan your programme and activities to encourage this and try and help young people understand why this is needed.
The NYA allowance for youth work to continue within Red is for services which are directly and solely targeted at vulnerable young people. Scouts provision does not meet this definition and therefore take place during RED.
This is intended for those youth workers who operate full or part time delivering essential services to the most vulnerable young people, those who have or are working towards the NYA qualifications. Key worker status does not extend to Scouts volunteers unless you meet the criteria through another role you have. We ask that Scouts volunteers respect the intention of this announcement that it will aid those who are unable to undertake their youth work activities due to child care issues or are unable to shop etc
If someone is isolating they should not be attending activities away from their home, this includes where young people are sent home from school and asked to isolate for a number of days. Those living with people isolating can carry on their normal activities so long as no one in the household exhibits symptoms or has a confirmed case of COVID. You do not need to cancel Scouts activities due to someone isolating.
If someone who has been in contact with face to face scouts in the last 14 days you must follow the guidance on what to do when something goes wrong
Face to face Scouts meetings must be run in a COVID safe way, this will involve applying social distancing, good hygiene and choosing appropriate programme activities to operate within a COVID safe environment. Guidance and support is provided to help leaders with their planning along with a process of having the risk assessment for restart checked within the local area ahead of being approved for restart. There have been very few COVID cases reported within the Scouts, however where there have been members with positive cases who have been involved in face to face activities, test and trace services have been reassured by the COVID safe procedures in place and have be comfortable with the activities continuing.
Providing first aid & First Aid Training
Make sure your standard first aid kit is in date and suitable for the environment you are now operating in. In addition make sure you have relevant PPE items listed in the guidance, and a means of disposing of them safely after use. If you don’t have CPR face shield in your first aid kit, this would be sensible in case you have to administer CPR to a child.
The 6 month extension is from the time that your area reaches readiness level Green. Counties/Areas/Regions (Scotland) are now encouraged to start providing the learning elements of first response training through online facilitated sessions followed by a short COVID safe face to face validation for the practical elements. We would encourage members to undertake this training as soon as they can, especially the online learning elements but you have until 6 months from when your location goes to Green Readiness level to complete the full programme if you have any challenges or concerns with getting this completed before.
This was allowed as an interim measure whilst face to face training was not available. From early 2021 you should be able to access the online learning along with face to face validation. Compass has also been updated to allow for recording of both the learning elements and the practical validation.
If others have in-date first aid then they should be used to cover the first aid requirement for your section meeting. If no one else is available then yes you can, an extension of 6 months from the date your area moves to Green readiness level has been issued for all members to cover their first aid. You can sign up to take part in online learning sessions for first aid being run throughout the UK, following this up with a more local short COVID safe face to face practical validation session.
The learning elements of the first response training can be delivered through online facilitated sessions now. Having undertaken this training members can then attend a short COVID safe face to face practical validation to complete the full training package. The face to face validations can be run in a COVID safe way once your area is in Amber or Yellow readiness level. Attendance at the various elements of the training can now be recorded on compass.
We have mapped in the first response syllabus which elements can be done virtually at the current time, you can find more information here.
Yes you can, we've updated the first aid training modules in Compass, with Module 010A allowing for the three learning elements to be recorded and module 010B to record the practical validation. Each of these once complete will update the mandatory ongoing learning for first aid.
We have also provided a simple log sheet which can be used by Counties and Districts to record people's progress through first aid training prior to uploading to Compass.
Those who are permitted to deliver first response are the same people who can deliver it virtually. This is those with a trainer appointment and the first aid variant.
As an interim measure, we are accepting the virtual first response as acceptable in order for people to complete their Wood Badge (by updating module 10 as complete). However, once face to face training restarts, you will need to complete any elements not covered virtually in order to fully complete. At this point your Compass record can be updated for ongoing learning.
As an interim measure, we are accepting the virtual first response as acceptable in order for people to complete their Young Leader Belt. However, once face to face training restarts, you will need to complete any elements not covered virtually in order to fully complete.
We are following guidance from the Resuscitation Council which advises against doing rescue breaths for the purposes of first aid training, this will be taught as part of the life support learning session but your practical validation will focus on arrival and assessment of the scene and the other elements of CPR including opening an airway and chest compressions. All face to face validation sessions must be risk assessed and the relevant Commissioner be in agreement with them taking place, social distancing will be observed and good hygiene measures in place for both participants and equipment to reduce risk of transmission of COVID. As rescue breaths are not being performed there is no need to replace the mannikin lungs between uses.