Supporting our members
Although families or schools will usually be the first port of call for many of the issues that young people face, it may be that a scout leader finds themselves needing to discuss some of these issues.
It is the responsibility of the scout leader to promote safe and responsible living and point anyone who asks for help in the direction of expert advice when necessary. They will also need to appreciate different cultural or religious sensitivities in such situations.
The Scout Association has produced a number of webpages dealing with life issues, along with a list of links to external resources.
Guidance for parents or carers, and answers to their safety and safeguarding questions.Guidance on safety and safeguarding
Young people and self harm
There are lots of things that could be described as self-harm. Discover the information and support organisations related to self harm.Read more on self harm
Young people with eating disorders
Anyone can develop an eating disorder, whatever their age, gender or cultural background.Learn more about eating disorders
Young people and their mental health
Supporting young people's mental health in Scouting.Read the support on mental health
Young people and their sexual health
Information about sexual health and young people, and provide guidance, support and information to adults who may be approached by young people.Learn more about sexual health
Promoting a healthy lifestyle
We know that a healthy lifestyle means something different for different people. That’s why we took a long time to work out what it means for the Scouts.Discover more about a healthy lifestyle
Young people who are being bullied
It is the responsibility of all adults in Scouting to help develop a caring and supportive atmosphere, where bullying in any form is unacceptable.Learn more about anti-bullying