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Module A – Prepare for take-off (essentials and expectations)

Module A – Prepare for take-off (essentials and expectations)

Note: This module must be completed within three months of becoming an ESYL

There is some key information every leader working with young people needs to know from an early stage in their training. Module A covers important topics to ensure the protection of ESYLs and the young people in their care.

Part three: Safeguarding

Safeguarding (all activities are compulsory)

During this session, we recommend adults are close at hand to give additional support to individuals
who may need it. The subject matter is sensitive, and could potentially bring up strong feelings
within the group.

Begin by explaining that The Scouts has a policy to safeguard the welfare of all members. This
involves protecting them from neglect, and also from physical, sexual and emotional harm.

Cover the following points during the discussion:

  • During any Scouting activity, we must think about the interests and wellbeing of young people.
    We must respect their rights, wishes and feelings.
  • All adults in Scouting are responsible for putting this policy into practice at all times. This means
    that we must ensure that our behaviour is appropriate at all times. We must also observe the
    rules established for the safety and security of young people and always follow the procedures
    for reporting.
  • The Anti-Bullying policy is in place to help develop a caring and supportive atmosphere, where
    bullying in any form is unacceptable.
  • All leaders must take action to deal with bullying when it occurs, and should allow young people
    to talk about any concerns they may have. We must encourage young people and adults to feel
    comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like.

Part four: Safety

Explain that a sense of adventure lies at the heart of Scouts and doing things safely is fundamental to everything we do. The Safety Policy says that it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure that they do things safely, giving people clear instructions and information in relation to supervising young people, running activities and managing buildings.

It’s equally as important to all of the other policies within The Scouts and applies to everyone in Scouting. There are Safety Checklists (small white cards) which help to identify hazards and take leaders through a simple risk assessment process.