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Appointments Panels

Everything you need to deliver a welcoming and effective Appointments Panel meeting

This guidance is for Appointment Panel members, to help prepare for the appointments meeting. Take a look at: 

  • Guidance on the purpose of the Appointments Panel and how to carry this out 
  • Our conversation guide to help you include everything you need to, every time 
  • A webinar from Reunion 2020, exploring how to modernise Appointments Panel meetings 
  • Resources to help you invite volunteers to Appointment Panel meetings quickly and easily, with template text and links to the key documents they and you will need


Conversation guide

There's lots to include in an Appointments Panel meeting - our guide is here to help with prompts covering the questions to ask and information to share to make sure you've covered all the ground you need to 

Follow the guide

Inviting Volunteers

Get invites out quickly and easily with our template message, links to relevant resources, and information for volunteers on what to expect

Adapt our templates and resources

Modernising your approach

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

Watch the webinar

More on the responsibilities of the 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.

Find out more about Module 37, which is the course that volunteers, who are members of the Appointments Advisory Committee, will need to complete as part of their training.