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Safeguarding procedures for District and County Commissioners

Group Scout Leaders and County/Area commissioners will also need to be aware of the procedures that a District Commissioner will follow. The procedures can be found on the Grey Card below.

All allegations or suspicions of abuse, no matter how insignificant they might seem or when/where they occur, must be referred to the District Commissioner immediately. No information must be withheld or filtered. Young people's welfare is always paramount.

District Commissioners will normally receive allegations or suspicions of abuse from Group Scout Leaders or other adults. Occasionally, parents/carers of young people may also raise concerns. Once advised, District Commissioners must follow the procedures procedures set down on the flowchart.

District Commissioners must consult the Safeguarding Team at UK Headquarters in the event of any safeguarding concern being raised, however insignificant it may seem.

If the District Commissioner is implicated in any way, the referral must be made to the County/Area/Regional(Scotland) Commissioner or the safeguarding team at UKHQ.

No investigation or questioning is to be undertaken. We are not an investigation agency. The statutory authorities are best placed to take any necessary action.

The District Commissioner must follow the Child Protection policy at all times. These procedures enable us to fulfil our legal as well as our moral responsibilities.

For more information please contact the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818 or safeguarding@scouts.org.uk

Safeguarding Procedures for County and District Commissioners (Grey Card) (PDF)

Safeguarding referral form


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