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01: Essential Information

Essential Information is a mandatory module for nearly all adults in Scouting.  It provides the basic information required for individuals getting started in adult roles in Scouting, vital to ensuring that all young people can enjoy safe Scouting. Topics covered:

Learning methods available:

Course, small group or one-to-one

Module 1 is available to be completed as a course, in a small group or one to one. Please contact your local training team or speak to your Training Adviser for more information, including dates of local courses.


Module 1 is available as e-learning. This e-learning will function on a range of systems and devices, detailed in these e-learning FAQs.

We would strongly advise you to watch the how-to guide before you begin the e-learning. This can be viewed by clicking here.

Please note: If you are unable to print your certificate for any reason please save it as a .png file or take a screen shot of the page. Please do not save the web link as an alternative to printing the certificate, as this will expire once you leave the browser and your certificate will be lost. If your certificate will not load and only shows a blank screen please take a screenshot of the final page prior to selecting the certificate as proof of learning. This can be shared with your Training Adviser when you meet to discuss the learning and validate the module.

To begin the e-learning click here

To report any technical errors or request additional guidance contact adult.support@scouts.org.uk

Associated reading

The Promise FS322016

Our Fundamentals explained in detail for trainers FS140099

Safe Scouting and what to do in an Emergency card (Purple Card)

Safety checklist for leaders

Safety checklist for managers

Safety checklist for Executive Committees

Safety: Practical Tips (FS320012)

Activities: Risk Assessment (FS120000)

In Touch (FS120075)

Young People First: Code of Practice (Yellow Card)

Stay Safe: Young People’s Guide to Staying Safe Online (section-specific for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers)

Social media guidance


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