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Highlights of the 2016 POR update

Scouting’s Policy Organisation and Rules (POR) provides support and guidance to help us all run Scouting. Following reviews and consultations with the movement, adjustments are made over time and we have pulled together 8 of the biggest changes in this year’s POR review.

The first thing you will be pleased to find out is that  in response to feedback received, we have updated our documentation to a single column format, making it more accessible and easier to read. For more information or to give feedback on this or any other issue regarding POR please contact por@scouts.org.uk.

Vetting Process

For the first time in POR we are now going to share our Vetting Process, the Safeguarding and Vetting decision guidance in which our Vetting team use to make careful and informed decisions on the proposal of memberships. By sharing this process we aim to be more transparent with members. If you have any questions or queries on Vetting in Scouting please contact vetting@scouts.org.uk.

Executive Committee Members

It is now essential that Scouting Executive Committee Members are to be full or associate members of Scouting. This includes all Executive Committee roles: Group Chairman, Group Secretary, Group Treasurer, other elected Group Executive members, Nominated Group Executive members and Co-opted Group Executive members. Along with Section Assistants’ the training obligations have also changed for these roles:  the ‘Getting Started’ module must be completed within 5 months, and then there are no further training compulsions.

Activity Update

A range of activity rules and guidance have been updated following a lengthy review process, this includes the introduction of axe throwing as a Scouting activity with specific rules to follow and banning of knife throwing. In addition updates have been made to archery,  buoyancy aids and lifejackets, cave and mine exploration, creative activities for public performance, cycling, hillwalking, insurance, other activities, paddlesports, shooting, and water classifications. Some of these updates are removing transition periods which have now ended from POR. For more information on the updates please go to www.scouts.org.uk/activitiesupdates.

Visits abroad

Following a review of the Visits Abroad Process in August 2015 changes have made to the process, which include including a definition of a “Visit Abroad” in POR, introduction of a 2 stage approval process for any visit abroad, and the introduction of one form which will be added to at different stages of the planning process and submitted to HQ at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Inclusion of reasonable adjustments in POR

A number of rules have been amended to support the delivery of the inclusivity strand of Vision 2018. These updates ensure that POR keeps pace with current equalities legislation.  It is essential that our rules embed current terminology and reflect our legal duty as a membership organisation to deliver inclusive Scouting.

Local Youth Commissioner role

After a really positive 2015 with over 100 Local Youth Commissioners being appointed across the movement, the role has officially been recognised and added to POR and Compass. Local Youth Commissioners can bring a huge number of benefits to local Scouting and can help lead the work towards our Youth Shaped strategic objective. Local Youth Commissioners are now ex-officio members of the District or County Executive Committee. Find out more about recruiting a Local Youth Commissioner here.

Section Ratios put on hold

There has been immense feedback from members on the proposed changes to Section Ratios, because of this the decision to change the section ratios has been put on hold so that further research and feedback can inform a decision.

Honorary Scouter role removed

The role was originally in place as membership used to stop at 65 but as we now have no age restriction on membership and the role is not used on compass the title of Honorary Scouter has been discontinued and deleted from POR.  If you currently hold the role of Honorary Scouter and want some more information please contact info.centre@scouts.org.uk.

To read all of the updates and the full POR report click here. If you have any queries or questions concerning POR please contact por@scouts.org.uk.



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