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Supporting Trans Volunteers through the Appointment and Vetting Process

The Scout Association is committed to diversity and inclusion and is open to all people regardless of their gender identity.

People who are transgender have a right to be treated as their acquired gender, regardless of what (if any) medical or legal steps they have taken. Members may or may not change their name, and may or may not obtain legal recognition of their acquired gender.

There are a number of practical things that managers and local appointments teams should be aware of with regard to maintaining Membership records and disclosure processes, in order to support the full inclusion of adults who are transgender. The key points are outlined below.

For further information about practically supporting adults in Scouting who are transgender see our guidance on Supporting Trans Volunteers.

Updating a Member's name on their record on Compass

An adult in Scouting who is transitioning (in the process of moving from their assigned gender into their chosen or acquired gender) may legally change their name and therefore wish to update their name within their membership record on Compass.

To do so, the Member's line manager should contact The Scout Information Centre to verify that they have seen proof of the name change (e.g. driving licence or bank statement), enabling the changes to be made. Name changes are most commonly requested via the Appointments Secretary or relevant Commissioner, where confidentiality is of up-most importance, the line manager is appropriate.

Once the current name is added, no previous names are visible within the Compass portal and there would be no evidence to other Members that a change has been made.