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A Scout is to be trusted

A board meeting with Scout Insurance (Guernsey) provided Wayne with the opportunity to look at lessons learnt from accidents. His week also involved a Trustee Board meeting and a chance to thank UK Headquarters staff and volunteers.

Occasionally very frustrated

I've explained the role that Scout Insurance Guernsey Ltd (SIGL) plays in our insurance cover previously; the regular board meetings provide an opportunity to review claims made against us. Occasionally I get very frustrated when well-meaning actions exasperate a situation, leading to inconvenience for those people injured (and who we genuinely wish to help and support quickly) and to significantly higher costs for us.

Avoid little white lies

In one of the worst cases a leader fabricated evidence to make up for a lack of written risk assessment after an accident, which led to the Association, our lawyers and the court to believing it had been completed before. Naturally, when the truth came to light, the judge expressed his displeasure, threatening action against the leader for perjury. As a result, our costs were significantly higher and our reputation greatly damaged.

The moral is: we know that accidents happen but it is better for everyone if we are totally accurate and honest at the outset; reporting the circumstances and working with Unity (Scout Insurance Services) to enable them to respond appropriately. A little white lie, no matter how well meaning, simply compounds the situation.

If you have any questions or concerns about liability cover and support for Members, please contact Unity on scouts@unityins.co.uk or call 0845 0945 703.

Thanking UKHQ staff and volunteers

On Friday, we hosted a reception at Gilwell to present good service awards to UKHQ staff and volunteers. The occasion presents a great opportunity to say thank you to our staff and volunteers, many of whom are quietly working away behind the scenes supporting local Scouting.

Board business

A snowy Gilwell Park was the venue for our Trustee Board meeting on Saturday, with business covering an update on the membership system project, progress with Vision 2018 and our ongoing strategic work plans (the annual budget, consultation on our fundamentals and the review of key appointments). It was also Derek Twine's 146th, and final, Trustee Board meeting, but more about that next month.





By Ben
on 25/03/2013 16:16

Maybe you shouldn't offer to stand behind leaders who lie then? Let them find their own money to fund court battle!
Note from Wayne
We don't, but it's not that simple Ben however as legal action may still be taken against the Association resulting in costs.

By Ewan Scott
on 26/03/2013 07:29

Absolutely correct, Wayne. We must be honest. Even if those making claims against us are not. We may not win the case, but we at least know we were honest and so too does everyone else. That counts for a great deal in defending your reputation.

By Robert Anderson
on 27/03/2013 13:15

Honesty and trustworthy are principles enshrined in The Scout Law which we all promise to follow. We should always remember this when running activities. Time is never a volunteer's friend. So it is easy to fall into the temptation to take short cuts, focusing on what is perceived to be important (the activity). However, when something goes wrong - the importance of what seems unimportant becomes clear. So be honest.

By Rod Glen
on 07/04/2013 17:13

Hi Wayne, is it possible for some of the details (anonymised) to be shared with the County Safety Co-ordinators? It might help us in our efforts to illustrate what is needed.
Thank you
Note from Wayne
Yes, the intention is to share the information more widely so we may learn etc.

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