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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.

Essential Information contains introductory information on the Fundamentals of Scouting, the structure of The Scout Association, safety and safeguarding. All of which are vital to ensure that all young people can enjoy safe Scouting.

Topics covered:
•    the Fundamentals of Scouting
•    structure and Support 
•    safety in Scouting
•    safeguarding- child protection
•    safeguarding- anti-bullying

Essential Information Trainers' Notes (PDF)

Supporting Resources

Essential Information Slides (PPT)

View How it all fits together video

Download the 'How it all fits together' video

A transcript for this video is available

View The Fundamentals- Promise and Law video

Download 'The Fundamentals - Promise and Law' video

A transcript for this video is available

Module 1: Essential Information can also be completed via e-learning.

To begin the e-learning click here

*Note: The structure of The Scout Association presented reflects the changes to Scout Network which will be introduced in April 2015. Essential Information learning resources all show Scout Network as a District provision.

Associated reading

The Promise FS322016

The Fundamentals Explained: the Purpose, Values and Method of Scouting 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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