It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all Members by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm. 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 abuse;
- promoting the welfare of young people and their protection within a relationship of trust.
The information below is intended to be a guide. We ask that all adults present actively join in (and hopefully have fun) with activities at Colony meetings. We do have a very large number of Beavers so please note that the decibel level can vary wildly!
- Please remember the main thing is you are there to help support the leaders with the entire Colony, you are not there to look after your child!
- We can only take charge of the Beavers once a Uniformed Leader is present, so if people arrive before the Leader parents MUST wait until the Uniformed Leader arrives.
- The building will be opened and risk assessed (by a Uniformed Leader) before any Beaver can enter
- At the start of the meeting one adult needs to do “Door duty”, so that only the Beavers go in and parent helpers for that week go in. This person needs to write onto each name badge the name of the adult who will be collecting that child at the end of the meeting. This person may be given subs etc to hand on. A record will be made at the start of each meeting etc of the Beavers present; this is the case if we are at the Scout HQ or another location. This is to ensure that we can keep a constant head count for safety reasons and allow us to record who has taken part in activities that form part of earning a badge.
- At the end of the meeting one adult needs to do “Door duty”, and each Beaver has to be collected by a responsible adult.
- If parents need to talk to a Uniformed Leader they should do so at the end of the meeting.
- During the evening we need to make sure no Beaver leaves the building unless accompanied by an appropriate adult.
- If activities take placearound a table we try and work so we have one adult supervising each table, for other activities, one adult per Lodge is desirable.
- For outdoor activities on the nearby Football Field or elsewhere we need to keep an eye on the Beavers, to ensure they all remain with the Colony.
- For all outdoor activities we have to have at least one adult per 6 Beavers plus one Uniformed Leader.
- Drinks of water may be given on request, these need to be washed up afterwards.
- Beavers should ask an adult if they want to use the toilet.
- We do have a list of parent phone numbers should we need to contact a parent early, either because a Beaver is unwell, very unhappy, or creates a serious problem.
- Please note that physical or verbal abuse from any Beaver or adult will not be tolerated e.g. swearing, threats, grabbing, bullying
- The idea of Scouting is for the Beavers to learn new skills. Please resist the temptation to leap in and help if things aren’t being done quite right, and instead perhaps offer advice or ask if they would like any help. Please note this does not mean they can get you to do it for them either
- At the end of the meeting we have to clear up the building e.g. sweeping up etc.
- If you have any questions or suggestions either before, during or after a meeting or event on which you are due to help please contact any Uniformed Leader