The framework for face-to-face activities
There's some key information everyone in Scouts needs to understand before getting back to face-to-face meetings and activities. This is a challenging time for everyone and we need to do some things differently to make sure young people and volunteers can get back together safely.
Scout Groups will make the decision about when to resume face-to-face meetings and activities, along with their volunteer line managers. These decisions need to be made within a national framework designed to help everyone stay safe, based around 4 readiness levels. Details of which activities can take place at each readiness level.
The Scouts’ Framework is aligned with government-approved guidance for the youth sector developed by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and equivalent bodies across all 4 UK nations. This allows Scouts to meet in groups which might be larger than people are normally allowed to, and have legal protection to do so. The readiness level that any area is at will be determined by national and local government agencies. Find out the readiness level for your area.
Section Leaders, Group Scout Leaders, Commissioners and Executive Committee members need to make sure that their plans for restarting face-to-face meetings and activities are developed so that volunteers and young people at all times:
- Comply with social distancing requirements
- Ensure hygiene levels are maintained, including hand washing, as well as surface and equipment cleaning
- Safely manage any risk to volunteers, young people and the wider community, including a reduction in group sizes where necessary.
- Make sure vulnerable young people and adults can be effectively safeguarded, both in relation to COVID-19, as well as other risk factors.
- Volunteers, parents and young people all clearly understand what adjustments need to be made to ensure everyone’s safety, and have had a chance to inform them.
Volunteers locally should not resume face-to-face activities until sufficient control measures or mitigations are in place, if they feel that these conditions cannot be met or managed in a safe way, they should wait until they are able to do so.
When volunteers feel that their Section or Group is ready to meet these requirements, they are then ready to complete their COVID-safe Risk Assessment and submit for approval. For most, this will be done at Section level but where the risks and controls are the same you can go through this process as a Group, as long as where there are differences these are clearly identified and managed appropriately.