Every adult should have a copy of the 'Young People First' code of practice. It is designed so you can keep it with you at all times during Scouting activities.
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 ValuesDo treat all young people equally - do not show favouritismDo follow the adult-to-young person ratios at all timesDo remember that you have been placed in a position of trust - do not abuse thisDo report all allegations, suspicions and concerns immediatelyDo remember that someone may misinterpret your actionsDo respect a young person’s right to personal privacyDo act within appropriate boundaries, even in difficult circumstancesDo encourage an open and transparent culture, where people can challenge inappropriate attitudes or behavioursDo 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 BehaviourDo create an environment where young people feel safe to voice their concernsDo have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, adults and Young Leaders working with a younger sectionDo 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 alcoholDo not trivialise abuse or let it go unreportedDo not join in physical contact games with young peopleDo not overstep the boundaries between yourself and young people by engaging in friendships or sexual relationshipsDo not allow activities that encourage bullying behaviour including initiation ceremonies, dares or forfeitsDo not use inappropriate, suggestive or threatening language, whether verbal, written or onlineDo not rely on your reputation or position to protect you
To get copies of the 'Young People First' code of practice (yellow card), including the large version, please contact Scout Shops on 01903 766921 or visit the website.
Young People First (yellow card)(PDF)
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