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Child Protection Policy

All Leaders and Adults at 8th Ashford including parent helpers within any Section, that help with any activity involving the care and welfare of your child, does this under the guidance and support of the Scout Associations Child Protection Policy.

The Scout Association takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care.

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 physical, sexual and emotional harm
  • Promoting the welfare of young people within a relationship of trust
  • The Scout Association believes 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 behaviour that all adults are required to follow.

    If you choose to send your son or daughter to 8th Ashford, on the first evening they attend you will be asked to stay for an induction meeting. During this meeting each adult will be issued with the above mentioned yellow card for their own information and safeguard. Also discussed and handed out will be the Criminal Records Bureau Clearance Application Form.

    Many adults through their own careers or past times may have alreday completed a 'DBS' form at some time. You will be asked to submit another on behalf of Gillwell the Scout Association Headquarters, if you wish to contribute your help for trips and activities. One clearance certificate does not globally cover you for any association. Again these forms and any matters arising will be covered in your first induction meeting.

    Please read the latest information from The Scout Association regarding DBS Clearance.

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