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First aid kits and accident books

This guidance in the factsheet below concerns the use of first aid kits for beaver scout sleepovers, family camps, cub scout camps, pack holidays and scout, explorer scout and scout network camps.

Please note, some adventurous activities and expeditions may require specialist first aid kits. Further advice should be obtained from the programme and development department as appropriate.

This guidance is also appropriate for first aid kits provided to colony, pack, troop or unit meeting places.

Accident books and data protection

You will need to have an accident book in your meeting place and a record should be kept of all accidents that occur. This way you can spot common accidents and safety issues within your meeting place as well as keeping notes of any incident, should you need to refer back to them.

The Data Protection Act does not prohibit the use of accident books, but simply requires you to ensure that the personal and medical details of your members are not accessible to others. In practice the best solution is to have an accident book with detachable pages.

This ensures that all accidents are recorded as usual but that after the incident the record is removed from the book and stored securely by the leader. In this way records are still available to the leader should they need to refer to them, but cannot be viewed by others.

First Aid Kits and Accident Books (FS140048) (PDF)

Information Centre Catalogue


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