Safeguarding in Scouting

Scouting offers fun, challenge and adventure to nearly 400,000 young people in the UK. We know that young people thrive in safe surroundings. We are therefore committed to ensuring that Scouting is both enjoyable and safe for everyone who takes part.

It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm.

Read our leaflet for parents: Safe and Sound.

What to do if you have concerns

If you are unhappy with anything relating to your child’s time in Scouting you should raise it with your child’s leaders or speak to our Group Scout Leader. If you wish, you can speak to the District Commissioner.

There are also specially trained Safeguarding co-ordinators in each area of the county. Speak to the Hampshire Scouts County Office on 023 8084 7847 (open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

You can always speak to the UK Scout Headquarters on 0845 300 1818 (open 9am-7pm weekdays plus Saturday morning).

If you think any child is in immediate danger you should contact the police.