Although families or schools will usually be the first port of call for many of the issues that young people face, it may be that a scout leader finds themselves needing to discuss some of these issues.
It is the responsibility of the scout leader to promote safe and responsible living and point anyone who asks for help in the direction of expert advice when necessary. They will also need to appreciate different cultural or religious sensitivities in such situations.
The Scout Association has produced a number of webpages dealing with life issues, along with a list of links to external resources.
For general advice on issues facing young people please contact Childline or its parent charity NSPCC.