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The Scout Association is committed to reviewing its safeguarding arrangements constantly and following advice from the NSPCC. The issues facing Scouters in keeping young people safe are changing all the time and it’s essential that the Area provide up to date and relevant training. Leaders need to be able to demonstrate that they have completed safeguarding training during the period since their last review.

All leaders who are subject to an appointment review – essentially anyone who holds an appointment, in the first instance needs to attend face to face training and at the time of their subsequent reviews can choose between face to face or the Scout Association’s own online training.

The Scout Association also works closely with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, by delivering their ‘ThinkUKnow‘ Internet Safety films to youth members. The Safeguarding team have created age appropriate programmes that incorporate these films and will come and deliver these Sectional programmes on request.

If you would like to book onto a course, or request a sectional Internet Safety presentation, please get in touch.

Young people first: safeguarding and safety in Scouting

Wherever we go and whatever we do, we put young people’s safety and wellbeing first. Here’s how.

Questions? Give us a call on 0345 300 1818.

Safeguarding concerns? Contact our team directly at

CEOP Internet safety


Deputy Area Commissioner (Adult Support) and Area Training Manager

I’m Cathie.  I first joined the Area Team in 2011 as a Training Advisor.  I have been a Deputy Area Commissioner and the Area Training Manager since 2017 and I’m really pleased to be continuing in this role.  As well as being part of the Area Team, I am also an Assistant Scout Leader and I’ve also held a number of other roles since joining The Scout Movement.

Someone recently said that we’re happiest doing the things where the values are the same as our own values and that’s why I think I love Scouting so much.  My favourite Baden Powell quote is “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best.”

Skills For Life isn’t just for our Young People, as adult volunteers we can grow and learn too.  Ensuring that leaders and supporters have the right skills to provide an awesome Scouting experience is important.  My aim is to have the training available for all Scouting volunteers and our future leaders and also to have the right level of support available so that we can deliver local Scouting safely with a programme that is varied and gives those Scouting skills.

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