Safety & Safeguarding

Young people thrive in safe surroundings. We’re committed to ensuring that Scouting in Avon is both enjoyable and safe for everyone who takes part, along with providing parents/carers with peace of mind.

Appointing the leaders who work with young people

All volunteers who help to run our activities give their time freely to help young people enjoy Avon Scouting. Leaders are interviewed locally and asked to provide references. Everyone working with young people in Scouting is asked to undertake a Criminal Record Check, sometimes known as a ‘police check’.

Code of behaviour

The Scout Association has a clear code of behaviour which is given to all adults working in Scouting, regardless of their role. This is also included in the training that leaders receive and offers advice about how young people should be treated. Everyone is expected to follow it. The adult code of behaviour is called the Yellow Card. The Code of Conduct for leaders in Scouting – Yellow Card


We expect all leaders to take courses in basic first aid and child protection. Special training is provided for those taking young people away on residential events like camps and sleepovers.

What to do if you have concerns

If you are unhappy with anything relating to your child’s time in Scouting you should raise it with your child’s leaders first of all, or with the Group Scout Leader.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls