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Safeguarding procedures for Commissioners

Safeguarding procedures for District, County, Area, Region (Scotland), Island, Bailiwick, Region and Chief Commissioners.

Group Scout Leaders and County/Area commissioners will also need to be aware of the procedures that a District Commissioner will follow. The procedures can be found on the Grey Card.

All allegations or suspicions of abuse, no matter how insignificant they might seem or when/where they occur, must be referred to the District Commissioner immediately. No information must be withheld or filtered. Young people's welfare is always paramount.

District Commissioners will normally receive allegations or suspicions of abuse from Group Scout Leaders or other adults. Occasionally, parents/carers of young people may also raise concerns. Once advised, District Commissioners must follow the procedures procedures set down on the flowchart.

District Commissioners must consult the Safeguarding Team at UK Headquarters in the event of any safeguarding concern being raised, however insignificant it may seem.

If the District Commissioner is implicated in any way, the referral must be made to the County/Area/Regional(Scotland) Commissioner or the safeguarding team at UKHQ.

No investigation or questioning is to be undertaken. We are not an investigation agency. The statutory authorities are best placed to take any necessary action.

The District Commissioner must follow the Safeguarding policy at all times. These procedures enable us to fulfil our legal as well as our moral responsibilities.

Safeguarding referral form

Please complete as much of this form as possible including essential information before contacting the safeguarding team.

Download the referral form

The Grey Card

Safeguarding Procedures for County and District Commissioners (Grey Card)

Download the Grey Card

The Yellow Card

Our code of practice (also known as the Yellow card) sets out guidance for all adults in Scouts.

Read the Yellow Card

More Information

Please contact the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818 or