Safety checklist for Leaders
This is aimed to help all adults working with young people to fulfil their role and responsibilities in managing and supporting safety in Scouting. It's the responsibility of all those involved in Scouting to seek, so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure that all activities are conducted in a safe manner without risk to the health of participants.
The safety of both young people and adults is important. A large part of this is about being organised, asking the right questions and doing things that will help safety without taking away a sense of adventure appropriate to the age group. This is a straight-forward checklist that can be dealt with quickly and easily. Additional support can be found on the Safety and Safeguarding section of our website, alternatively, speak to your line manager or others locally.
It's the responsibility of all those involved in Scouting to seek, so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure that all activities are conducted in a safe manner without risk to the health of the participants.
Read the Safety Policy (POR Chapter 2) to understand your specific responsibilities within it. Follow the Safe Scouting Code of Conduct in the Safe Scouting and what to do in an emergency (purple card).
Organise your programme
Leader in charge
Ensure all meetings, events or activities have an identified leader in charge that oversees the activity and all adults and young people. This includes responsibility for registers, headcounts, allocation of roles to specific adults and checking they are aware of their specific responsibilities (see leader in charge info at scouts.org.uk/safety). The best way of doing this is for all adults who will be involved in the activity to agree which one of them will undertake this function.
Putting Safety on the agenda
- Ensure you understand how and when to record and report incidents and accidents. Information is contained within the purple card.
- Discuss safety at events, activities and camp-planning meetings and reviews.
- Give young people appropriate training, guidance or rules.
- Support others in the section leadership team to gain training and improve knowledge of safety
Use the Five Steps of Risk Assessment and see the diagram below:
- Look for the hazards, ie what could cause harm.
- Who might be harmed and how?
- How is the risk controlled?
- Where appropriate, record your findings so that others are aware of the precautions to be taken (for more guidance see the risk assessment page).
- Review and revise plans where needed
Staying Safe - Leaders
The Staying Safe - Safety Checklist for Leaders is a pocket sized checklist aimed to help all adults working with young people to fulfill their role and responsibilities in managing and supporting safety in Scouting.
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