Young People First
Our code of practice (also known as the Yellow card) sets out guidance for all adults in Scouts
As adults in Scouts, the safety of young people is our priority. We're committed to:
- Taking the interests and well-being of young people into account, in all our considerations and activities.
- Respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom we work.
- Taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
- Promoting the welfare of young people and their protection within a position of trust.
The Young People First code of practice (also known as the yellow card) sets out a code of behaviour for all adults in Scouts.
Code of practice
Do remember that you are a role model at ALL times, inside and outside Scouting. Set a good example for others to follow.
Do treat everyone with dignity and respect in line with the Scouting Values
Do treat all young people equally - do not show favouritism
Do follow the adult-to-young person ratios at all times
Do remember that you have been placed in a position of trust - do not abuse this
Do report all allegations, suspicions and concerns immediately
Do remember that someone may misinterpret your actions
Do respect a young person’s right to personal privacy
Do act within appropriate boundaries, even in difficult circumstances
Do encourage an open and transparent culture, where people can challenge inappropriate attitudes or behaviours
Do make everyone (young people, parents and carers, Young Leaders and other helpers) aware of our safeguarding arrangements and share our Yellow Card - our Code of Behaviour
Do create an environment where young people feel safe to voice their concerns
Do have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, adults and Young Leaders working with a younger section
Do plan activities that involve more than one other person being present, or at least within sight and hearing of others.
Do not plan to be alone with a young person.
Do not drink alcohol when you are directly responsible for young people and never allow young people on Scouting activities to drink alcohol
Do not trivialise abuse or let it go unreported
Do not join in physical contact games with young people
Do not overstep the boundaries between yourself and young people by engaging in friendships or sexual relationships
Do not allow activities that encourage bullying behaviour including initiation ceremonies, dares or forfeits
Do not use inappropriate, suggestive or threatening language, whether verbal, written or online
Do not rely on your reputation or position to protect you
If a young person is at immediate risk of significant harm call 999 and request Police. Inform your Group Scout Leader or District Commissioner once you have done this.
If you're in any doubt about what to do, contact the Scout Information Centre.
Phone: 0345 300 1818
Reporting a concern to safeguardingRead the guidance