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Planning and assessing risk

Assessing risk in order to reduce or remove it is at the heart of safe Scouting and is present in everything we do. Remember risk assessment is something we all do every day in deciding to cross a road or get out of the car, so no one should be scared of doing a risk assessment within Scouts. Resources are provided to help provide simple and practical guidance on this issue.

Risk assessments

This guidance is to help you minimise risk both before and during an activity or event. 


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Safety checklists

The Safety checklists are aimed to help all adults working with young people to fulfil their role and responsibilities in managing and supporting safety in Scouting.

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Safety Practical Tips

This guidance is to help clarify some of the administrative needs surrounding your provision of safer Scouting.


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Managing free time activities safely

Some tips on how to reduce the risk of incidents during free time activities.

Discover the tips on safely planning activities

Guidance for supervision of activities

Guidance for leaders on management and supervision of remote activities.
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Running active games safely

Guidance to help leaders plan and run active games safely. 

Check out the tips for running active games

The Purple Card

This card provides support for safe Scouting and guidance in the procedures for dealing with an emergency.

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Lone working within Scouting

Guidance on how to safely manage a lone working activity within Scouting. 

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Adults to young people ratios

Learn more about ratios for face to face Scouting and online activities.

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