It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm. The Scout Association is committed to:

  • Taking into account in all its considerations and activities, the interests and well-being of young people.
  • Respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom it is working.
  • 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.

All adults in Scouting, including members of the scout network who wish to work with young people, are responsible for putting this policy into practice at all times. An adult in Scouting has a responsibility to ensure that young people are protected from harm. It is the responsibility of each adult in Scouting to ensure that:

  • Their behaviour is appropriate at all times.
  • They observe the rules established for the safety and security of young people.
  • They follow the procedures following suspicion, disclosure or allegation of child abuse
  • They recognise the position of trust in which they have been placed
  • In every respect, the relationships they form with the young people under their care are appropriate.

The Scout Association Child Protection Policy is detailed on the Yellow Card

For more information, please contact Gill Merrick, Bedfordshire Safeguarding Co-ordinator on

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