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Our own worst enemy?

Adult training is one of those areas that often crops up in 'we could do better' discussions, so Wayne caught up with the Adult Support team to see how our work plans are progressing. He also to joined South East of England Region to defeat one those 'enemies within'.

Improving our support for volunteers

Effective adult support is at the core of all that we do, locally and nationally. I took the opportunity to catch up with our Adult Support core team (senior staff and volunteers leading this work) to see how the extensive work plans are progressing.

Work is well underway to make our adult training more effective through improving the approach, the use of digital media and support for better local delivery. The team is also responsible for such things as recruiting parents at camp and flexible volunteering videos etc. Additional support for Executive Committees and Trustees is about to be launched also. More is on the way.

Bringing the Vision to life

The weekend saw 150 leaders gather at Gilwell for the South East England Regional Conference to discuss how they can achieve our Vision 2018.' Inspiring sessions provoked many interesting ideas around community, youth involvement and social inclusion, with time for each County team to discuss their own local plans.

Occasionally our own worst enemy

I have a saying learnt from a work colleague many years ago: 'I see the enemy and it is within.' I had another of those 'jumping off the seat moments' on Saturday when somebody who should know better suggested that getting involved in the community 'was difficult because of CRB'. Giving credence to myths like this undoes so many of our efforts to promote the benefits of volunteering with us.

Community activities, like everything we do, has some risks that we need to assess and manage, but we absolutely do not need to vet everybody that we occasionally come into contact with.

It is as bad as saying that parents and carers have to be checked to come into our meeting places, but nobody would say anything so foolish, would they?

In other news

Elsewhere last week, I met with the new Commanding Officer of HMS Daring to discuss greater involvement of the crew with local communities, and I met leaders of Slough District who are doing great jobs in successfully growing Scouting within the local Muslim community.





By Gerald Law GSL (Luton)
on 16/02/2013 11:32

Regarding the matter of CRB's, I tend to sell the idea to parents that we use CRB's for everyone who looks after their child and hence why we must be constant in asking them to do the same.
Make the point this way, sells the idea in a positive way because we are protecting their child with a check on everyone and that this is not the only method of checking used but part of the process. I've never had a refusal and I have been a leader in scouting over 35 year.
Anyone who has a problem, try this positive spin, it works for me.

By Hayley Dewar - GSL - Jersey
on 17/02/2013 16:00

I agree with Gerald.

At our induction, we ask ALL our parents to be CRB's checked. The majority of our members all have at least 1 parent covered.

I sell it the same - we like to ensure the confidence, that if you seen an adult (leader or otherwise) with your children, you have the peace of mind they have been checked! this also makes it much easier when parents offer help for camps etc - they are ready to come and help!

The forms are so easy to fill in, and as mentioned we do this process on the induction night, so the forms are checked and sent in ASAP!

By Wayne Bulpitt
on 18/02/2013 10:46

Gerald, Hayley,

Many thanks for the comments and your initiative in recruiting parents in this way. May I just encourage a note of caution though as "blanket checking" is not itself a good thing. Clearly we only need to undertake checks where:
a) they wish to become a Member or Associate Member; or
b) may have unsupervised access to young people; or
c) will have involvement with the handling or management of funds; or
d) will be assisting with overnight activities (including Nights Away); or
e) will be helping out more than once a month.

Like you, my experience is that parents understand the need for checks where properly explained.

Many thanks,

By Asperger Guy
on 18/02/2013 17:46

Note from Wayne; if you email me directly at ukcc[@]scouts.org.uk I'll be happy to assist. If your colleagues do not know of your circumstances, it is difficult for them to assist you.


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