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Supporting those with additional needs and neurodiversity

There are many practical ways in which you can ensure all young people can fully participate in Scouting.

Scouting is designed to be flexible to support all young people to take part, achieve and reach their full potential. When joining a Section, the young person is joining the Group and should be encouraged to progress through Scouting with their peers.

It's important to remember that the young person themselves and their parents/ carer are the experts on their individual needs. Be guided by them in terms of practically what is required, how they talk about their needs and their expectations for how others, both adults and youth Members will work in partnership with them in Scouting.

Further information is available on reasonable adjustments and working in partnership with parents and carers to identify young people's needs and plan support strategies within the Policy and Approach pages. A positive and open relationship with parents and/or carers is vital to support inclusive Scouting. The more information the leadership team have, the better equipped they are to support the full participation of young people with additional needs and disabilities.

In this section, you can also find further information on the following topics which are particularly relevant to Section Leaders, and other adult volunteers directly involved in delivering the Programme to young people:

Cognition and Learning

This sections includes information about how we best support young people with Cognition and learning needs. These include:

Discover how you can support cognition and learning

Communication and Interaction

This sections includes information about how we best support young people with Communication and interaction needs. These include:

Learn more about communication and interaction

Sensory and Physical Needs

This sections includes information about how we best support young people with Sensory and physical needs. These include:

Read more about sensory and physical needs

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

This sections includes information about how we best support young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. These include:

 

Discover social, emotional and mental health resources

Working in partnership with Parents and Carers

Find out more on how to work in partnership with parents and carers when supporting young people with additional needs.

Find out how to work with Parents and Carers

Reasonable adjustments

All volunteers should make reasonable adjustments so that Scouts is inclusive and accessible to everyone.

Learn more about making adjusments

Funding to support additional needs

Apply for funding to support those with additional needs

Funding to support additional needs