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Essential Information workbook

Introduction to the workbook and assessment

Note: In some parts of the UK, Scout Counties are known as Areas or Islands – and in one case it is known as a Bailiwick. But for ease of reading, this publication simply refers to Counties.

In Scotland, there is no direct equivalent to a County or Area. Instead, Scouting is organised into Districts and Regions, each with distinct responsibilities. Some County functions are the responsibility of Scottish Regions, while others lie with Scottish Districts. The focus of responsibility is outlined in Scottish variations of Policy, Organisation &

Who is this workbook for?

Safeguarding training is required for roles, as defined in POR Chapter 16: Roles Tables and must be renewed every three years.

This workbook may be used to support individuals where, for accessibility reasons, they cannot complete this training independently using the eLearning or complete the eLearning with someone, such as a line manager, Training Adviser, Local/County/Area/Region (Scotland) Training Manager.


By doing this workbook you will:

  • Understand the basics of Scouts’ volunteer training scheme.
  • Learn about our movement’s history
  • Explore the fundamentals of Scouts and how to bring them to life.
  • Understand the importance of the Safety and Safeguarding policies in keeping people safe while in the Scouts.
  • Learn about our structure, and find out where you fit within Scouts and the support that’s available
  •  Understand the Equal Opportunities policy, and how to make sure every member feels included and able to fully participate in Scouts.


When you have completed the learning by reading all sections of this workbook you will need to complete an assessment of your learning. The assessment is at the end of this document.

To pass and validate this module you’ll need to score 100% on the assessment. But don’t worry, you can re-take it as many times as you need. When you have finished the assessment you will need to have your answers checked. Discuss your completed assessment with the person supporting you with this training. They will be able to confirm that you passed the assessment and record completion of this training on the Scouts Membership System (Compass) for you

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