Child Protection Policy

The Child Protection Policy of the 1st Hassocks Scout Group

It is the policy of the Scout Association and the 1st Hassocks Scout Group to safeguard the welfare of all Members by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm and harm caused through neglect.

The Scout Association and the 1st Hassocks Scout Group is committed to:

  1. Taking into account in all its considerations and activities, the interests and well-being of young people.
  2. Respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom it is working.
  3. Taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from physical, sexual and emotional harm.
  4. Promoting the welfare of young people within a relationship of trust.

The Scout Association and the 1st Hassocks Scout Group believe that safeguarding and protecting the welfare of all the young people we work with is the responsibility of everyone.

The Association’s ‘Young People First’ code of good practice is published in the form of a pocket size yellow card that all adults are asked to keep with them. This contains information about how to report concerns or allegations of abuse and also a code of behavior that all adults are required to follow. A copy of ‘Young People First’ is available here on the Scout Association website and a copy of the Yellow Card is displayed in the Group HQ

Anti-Bullying Policy

Children and young people have the right to protection from all forms of violence – physical or mental. (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)

The Scout Association and the 1st Hassocks Scout Group is committed to ensuring, as far as is reasonably practicable, the prevention of all forms of bullying among Members.

It is the responsibility of all adults in Scouting to help develop a caring and supportive atmosphere, where bullying in any form is unacceptable. To this end, all Scouting activities should have rigorous anti-bullying strategies in place.  More information and an anti-bullying guide is available here on the Scout Association website.

Contacts

Should you have any concerns regarding the welfare or protection of Scout members, you should contact the 1st Hassocks Group Scout Leader or the Mid Sussex Scout District Commissioner both listed in the Scout HQ in the first instance. Alternatively, you can call the Scout Information Centre 0845 300 1818 and say that you wish to discuss a child protection issue.

Rev Date January 2019