The safety of all our members is extremely important to us at 4th Bramhall (St Michael’s), we have to adhere to The Scout Associations strict policies and procedures laid down in Policy Organisation & Rules (POR) to make sure our youth members and adult volunteers can enjoy Scouting safe from harm.
It is the policy of The Scout Association to provide scouting in a safe way to reduce risk to health, so far as is reasonably practicable.
This includes making sure that:-
- Activities are conducted in the safest possible way to reduce risk to the health of participants
- Maintenance of equipment and buildings for members and others is carried out to reduce risk to health and to make sure they adequate for their welfare
- Information, instruction, training and supervision is provided with the purpose of ensuring the health and safety of all those involved in Scouting activities or who may be affected by them
- Appropriate arrangements are made to ensure safety and the absence of risks to health in connection with the use, transport, storage and handling of equipment, and substances which are inherently or potentially dangerous.
“Children have the right to protection from all forms of violence (physical or mental). They must be kept safe from harm and they must be given proper care by those looking after them.” [The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 19]
The Scout Association & 4th Bramhall (St Michael’s) are committed to this ethos and seeks to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the prevention of all forms of bullying among Members. To this end all Scouting activities should have in place rigorous anti-bullying strategies.
It is the responsibility of all adults in Scouting to help develop a caring and supportive atmosphere, where bullying in any form is unacceptable.
Adults in Scouting should:
- be aware of the potential problems bullying may cause;
- be alert to signs of bullying, harassment or discrimination;
- take action to deal with such behaviour when it occurs, following Association policy guidelines;
- provide access for young people to talk about any concerns they may have;
- encourage young people and adults to feel comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like;
- help ensure that their Group/Section has a published anti-bullying code.