FAQs - Planning a safe and enjoyable programme
We will keep this page up to date with frequently asked questions about Preparing and running a socially distanced Programme
We will let our members know when and how face-to-face Scouting can restart safely, but each section can decide when the time is right for them following conversations with their leaders, parents and young members. This must follow the restart framework and the colour-coded readiness level.
Yes, all leaders will need a valid DBS so that they can take part in face-to-face activities. However, for anyone who's DBS has expired during this lockdown period, there will be a 90 day period for outstanding DBS checks to be completed.
No nights away activities can take place until we have reached the green readiness level.
Yes, but this must follow the guidance and not have any element of nights away included.
Yes, Explorer Scout Young Leaders are able to return to face to face scouting. You will need consent from their parent or carer before they take part in any of these activities, separate to any consent which has been given for activities with their Explorer Scout Unit.
If the government announce local lockdowns then all face to face Scouting activities within the lockdown areas must stop, as well as any travel in or out of this area. Virtual Scouting activity can continue or recommence while this local lockdown is in place.
Yes, so long as you follow the restart framework and get your risk assessments for restart approved.
Your District Executive or District Commissioner must appoint someone to do this. The member must have a full role on Compass, and the decision for them to take on this task must be noted in the relevant Executive Committee minutes. If they do not currently have a full role, they will not be approved by the online system. The risk assessments for Explorer Units can be approved by someone nominated at District level. Activities for District or County/Area/Region need to be approved by an appointed person at the next level up.
Similarly, if your Group does not have a GSL, approval must be given by a member from District level.
No, you will need to get reassessed as per the permit process. Your assessor will work through this with any permit candidate.
Some adventurous activities will be suitable and available to be used within a socially distanced scout programme. You will need to consider accessibility for this activity, as well as the impact this may have on emergency or support services if an incident was to happen.
Yes, all Scouts activities need access to First Aid, with First Response being the minimum. For those who's training has expired during this period, they will be offered an extension on this. It is not yet safe to run First Aid/First Response training courses, as the training currently requires members to demonstrate a number of skills which would not be safe to perform. Further information can be found here.
Government guidance must be followed at all times for activities such as this. Any adult training will need to be approved and supported by your Line Manager.
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