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Review information for managers

Sometimes we all need a bit of a hand to do better. The review process gives us just that.

Formal and informal reviews help ensure adults feel supported as they develop local Scouting.

A formal review of an appointment must take place at the end of each appointment period (a maximum of five years), or earlier if required by the relevant commissioner. It can also take place at other times if the line manager thinks it is needed.

An informal review is held at least annually, to build on the discussions you have during the year. It is a chance to take stock and plan for the future.
A review with someone who is doing well is a much easier prospect than one with someone who really isn’t performing as we would like. But difficult reviews, if properly carried out, are much more powerful in making Scouting better.

Review guidance

These resources will help you follow formal review process procedures:

POR: the appointment process  – the key rules for the review process. The rule regarding the timing of the review is 5(b) and requires a formal review at the end of each period of the appointment (or earlier if required by the relevant commissioner).

Dealing With Difficult Situations [PDF] – guide to help you develop management skills for the review process.

Dealing with Difficult Reviews [PDF]
– some tips on how to tackle difficult reviews

Finding out how volunteers are getting on: agenda for a review meeting [PDF] – advice to help you think about what issues you need to discuss when you undertake a review with another manager in Scouting.

This video produced by the Regional Services Team shows how to conduct a difficult review.

Review process

These resources will help you to consider how to best carry out the review process:

Finding out how volunteers are getting on: the review process (PDF) – this booklet contains information on the purpose and process of review meetings, along with guidance on conducting reviews and providing feedback.

Appointment Review Form (AR) [PDF] – this form should be used to record the formal appointment review meetings.

Find out more

Visit the Review Process section of the Member Resources area to find out more about reviews, including an explanation of your managerial responsibilities and ways to handle outcomes of the process.

Get involved

We are collecting examples of good review resources that people are using locally. If you would like to share yours, please email managers@scouts.org.uk


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