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Appointments Panel

Conversation Framework

Appointment Advisory Committees

The Appointments Advisory Committee’s main function is to assist with the process of appointing and welcoming volunteers into the Scouts by advising on their suitability.

It's important to remember that the committee is not a ‘rubber-stamping’ body. It must carry out its responsibilities with integrity and with the welfare of the Movement and its Members in mind. On the one hand, it has an important role in ensuring those who are unsuitable to work with young people or look after funds do not have access to either. On the other, it should not be a barrier to those who are genuinely interested in and suitable for taking on a role.

Ultimately, the Appointments Advisory Committee exists to support the relevant commissioner, who has overall responsibility for Scouting in their locality.

Module 37: Advising on Adult Appointments

Module 37 is the course that those volunteers who are a member of the Appointments Advisory Committee will need to complete as part of their training. The slides to deliver this course can be found within the training section of our website.

Appointment Panels

An Appointment Panel is made up of three volunteers drawn from the Appointments Advisory Committee which undertakes the conversation with a new volunteer in order to welcome them to the Scouts.

The panel’s purpose is to:

  • Make new members of Scouts feel welcomed
  • Ensure that new members are aware and accept the values, policies and promise of the Scouts
  • Support new members to understand the requirements of their role

Useful information for Appointments Panel:

Conversation framework

We've produced a conversation framework to support volunteers delivering the appointment panel conversation.

Download the framework

Modernising your approach to Appointments Panel Meeting

This webinar from Reunion in 2020 discusses how you can modernise your approach to appointment panels

Watch the webinar

The Yellow Card

Our code of practice (also known as the Yellow card) sets out guidance for all adults in Scouts, this can be shared with new volunteers.

Read the Yellow Card

The Values of Scouting

As Scouts we are guided by these values: Integrity, Respect, Care, Belief and Co-operation.

Read about the values

The Scout Promise

There are variations of the Scout Promise to reflect the range of faiths and beliefs in Scouts.

Read the variations

The Key Policies of Scouting

As Scouts we are guided by these key policies:

  • Religious
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Child Protection,
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Development
  • Privacy
  • Data Protection
Read the key policies within POR