Supporting those with additional needs
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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 is 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 LearningDiscover how you can support cognition and learning
Communication and InteractionLearn more about communication and interaction
Sensory and Physical NeedsRead more about sensory and physical needs
Social, Emotional and Mental HealthDiscover 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