We’re committed to ensuring that Scouting in Cambridgeshire is both enjoyable and safe for everyone who takes part, along with providing parent s / carers with peace of mind.


Safety policy

It is the policy of The Scouts to provide Scouting in a safe manner without risk to health, so far as is reasonably practicable.

The Scouts believes that this responsibility ranks equally with the other responsibilities incumbent upon those providing Scouting activities and functions.

It is the responsibility of all those involved in Scouting to seek, so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure that:

  • all activities are conducted in a safe manner without risk to the health of participants
  • the provision and maintenance of equipment and buildings for Members and others is safe and without risk to health and adequate for their welfare.
  • information, instruction, training and supervision is provided with the object 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.

Safety training for adults who work with young people

All adults undergo training, initially within 5 months of their appointment and then refresher training every 3 years. For details of how to access the online training, please see the Adult Training pages.

Safe Scouting & What to do in an Emergency – Purple Card

The Purple Card provides you with clear and concise things to do in the event of an incident. It covers a code of conduct for safe Scouting and tells you what you need to do to report when reporting accidents.

Remember, any incident that results in the involvement of emergency services or where individuals require medical attention; doctor, hospital, dentist must be reported. Full details of what you need to consider and do are contained here at Emergencies and Reporting.

The Scouts is also interested in near miss events that could have led to injury, illness or damage. This is especially important where the issue relates to equipment or the process followed and to help us improve the advice and information we give to the movement and prevent future incidents. Near misses can be reported using this online near miss form.

The Purple Card can be obtained from Cambridgeshire Scouts’ County Office, Scout Store or accessed and downloaded here: Purple Card

Staying Safe – White Card

The Staying Safe – Safety Checklist is a pocket checklist aimed to help all adults working with young people to fulfil their role and responsibilities in managing and supporting safety in Scouting. Three versions are available:

Safety Checklist for Executive Committees

Safety Checklist for Leaders

Safety Checklist for Managers

Managing a safe Scout premises

Trustees will find the following link useful in summarising their responsibilities for premises safety and the checks which they must carry out. This also includes a useful “safe premises audit spreadsheet and checklist. Managing a Safe Scout premises (includes safety checks, fire safety and safe premises audit)

Further Information

Risk Assessments
Safety in Section programmes
Adult to Young People ratios | Scouts

For local advice contact: Cambridgeshire Scouts County Office

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls