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Getting everyone back together safely

As lockdown measures start to ease we are working with youth sector partners and the National Youth Agency government body to understand what a safe return to face to face Scouts may look like when the readiness level reduces from red in your area.

Below is the framework and set of guidance on how elements of face to face Scouts could take place and the safety measures we would need to take into account. You can review this guidance now and start to make local plans for how you would implement some face to face activities once the readiness level in the nation was reduced.

You can watch our webinar from 2 July 2020, explaining more on how you can re-start Scouts. Watch the recording >

Residential activities that involve multiple households and international trips are only permitted at the green readiness level. These will not take place until at least three months from the publishing of this guidance (25 September 2020). This will be reviewed in September 2020 to give those planning trips as much certainty as possible.

The Scouts Framework – for face to face activities

The Scouts Framework is aligned with Government-approved guidance for the Youth Sector developed by the National Youth Agency. This framework will apply in every nation within UK Scouting and walks through:

  • the permissions process for restarting any face to face activity
  • the key considerations to be ready to restart face-to-face activities and how these will be phased
  • Legal and liability conditions
  • Key control measures for everyone to follow
Read the framework

Guidance for completing risk assessments and approving face to face activity



The Guidance and support sections below are to help you plan the practical sides of some face to face Scout activity. The guidance covers a range of different situations you may want to plan for and talks you through what needs to be considered when you are preparing for safe return to face to face. This will support you in completing the written risk assessment required to have any face to face activity approved.

England Readiness Level – Amber
Scotland Readiness Level – Amber
Wales Readiness Level – Red
N.Ireland Readiness Level – Amber

All of UK Readiness Levels - Variations

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