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Making reasonable adjustments and adult volunteers

Scouting is committed to inclusion and diversity, and do everything practically possible to create volunteering opporuntities which are accessible and inclusive to all adults. The Scout Association has a robust Equal Opportunities Policy and believes that no person volunteering their services should receive less favourable treatment or suffer disadvantage due to their disability.

There are lots of different roles in Scouting which offer lots of varied opportunities. Everything from delivering Scouting to young people, to support roles which enable Scouting to happen. The Scout Association's approach to adult appointments is available within 'Right People Right Roles'.

How do we ensure the Appointments Process locally is accessible and inclusive?

It is important that meetings with the Appointments Advisory Committee are organised and conducted in an accessible manner. For example, ensuring that the venue used is accessible for a wheelchair, or the members of the Committee use clear communication. Ensure that a comfortable, friendly environment is provided as this will enable relaxed, honest discussions to take place about any reasonable adjustments which would remove barriers to adults volunteering.

What do the Appointments Advisory Committee need to discuss at the approval meeting?

To ensure all adult volunteers are in the right role and have access to the right support and training, it may be beneficial to have a discussion with an adult volunteer about how a disability or additional support need may impact on their role. Inviting an adult volunteer to highlight any real or percevied barriers they see to their volunteering will be useful in exploring what reasonable adjustments can be made.

This needs to be done sensitively with the best outcome for both the adult and the young people as the main consideration.

What does a 'fit and proper' person mean?

The Appointments Advisory Committee must be confident that they are appointing a 'fit and proper' person for the particular role. For example, for a role involving contact with young people, the Committee must be confident that the new volunteer can indepedantly understand and implement our safeguarding policy and procedures.

What is a 'reasonable adjustment' that could enable someone to volunteer?

This may include simple adjustments to the physical spaces which Scouting takes place in. For example, putting white tape on the edges of the steps to help a partially sighted person to get in and out of the buildings or fixing ramps to give access for people using wheelchairs.

There is also a lot of flexibility within the Adult Training Scheme. This includes a range of learning methods and support from a nominated Training Adviser.

This may also extend to some aspects of the role, and considering how teams in Scouting operate to ensure all adult volunteers feel valued and supported during their appointment.

All adult volunteers should have regular reviews which are conducted by the volunteer line manager. The review meeting is a valuable opportunity to discuss the support offered and ensure the adult is happy in their role.

What if there is not a suitable role in Scouting?

It is important that any reasonable adjustments that could be made is made and the full breadth of roles available in Scouting have been considered.

In some cases, there may not be a suitable role, and it may be appropriate to sign post the adult to other organisations. 


 

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