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It may be that for a number of reasons, it would be best for the adult to step back from an active role in Scouting either permanently, or for a period of time. This should be identified and agreed during the review.

There are occasions when it is clear that an adult needs to retire from their Scouting role. This may be due to personal commitments, health, or an inability to perform or meet the training and learning requirements of the role. If the retirement is due to poor performance, it is important to discuss the issues with the adult and endeavor to get agreement from them if possible.

There are also occasions when adults may wish to leave Scouting of their own accord. If they no longer wish to volunteer, they should not be forced to stay. It is best to thank them for their time and to let them know that the door is open for them to return if they wish.

When approaching the option of retirement with a volunteer in a review state clearly your reasons for the decision.

The support and advice of the Appointments Advisory Committee when retiring a volunteer from their role after a review can reduce the likelihood of accusations of unfairness against the line manager who has made the decision.

Next steps for Retirement:

More Information

More information on Cancellation or Suspension

Dealing with Difficult Situations (PDF)

Dealing with Difficult Reviews (PDF)

Finding out how volunteers are getting on: The Review Process (PDF)

Templates and Forms

Appointments Review Form (AR)

Review agenda (Editable PDF)

Review action plan (Editable PDF)


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