Code of Behaviour

Young People First Child Protection Code of Good Practice

“It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all Members by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm”

‘Young People First’ sets out a code of behaviour that all adults in Scouting are to follow.

Code of behaviour

DO  put this code into practice at all times

DO  treat everyone with dignity and respect

DO  set an example you would wish others to follow

DO  treat all young people equally . show no favouritism

DO  plan activities that involve more than one other person being present, or at least are within sight and hearing of others

DO  follow recommended adult/young people ratios for meetings and activities

DO  respect a young person’s right to personal privacy

DO  avoid unacceptable situations within a relationship of trust e.g. a sexual relationship with a youth Member over the age of consent

DO  have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, adults and Young Leaders working with a younger Section

DO  allow young people to talk about any concerns they may have

DO  encourage others to challenge any attitudes or behaviours they do not like

DO  avoid being drawn into inappropriate attention seeking behaviour e.g. tantrums and crushes

DO  follow the Association’s 'no alcohol' guidance when young people are in your care

DO  make everyone aware of the Association’s child protection procedures - young people, parents/carers, Young Leaders and other helpers

DO  remember this code even at sensitive moments e.g. when responding to bullying, bereavement or abuse

DO  keep other Leaders informed of where you are and what you are doing

DO  remember someone else might misinterpret your actions, no matter how well-intentioned

DO  take any allegations or concerns of abuse seriously and refer immediately


DO NOT  trivialise abuse

DO NOT  form a relationship with a young person that is an abuse of trust

DO NOT  permit abusive peer activities e.g. initiation ceremonies, bullying

DO NOT  engage in inappropriate behaviour or contact - physical, verbal, sexual

DO NOT  play physical contact games with young people

DO NOT  make suggestive remarks or threats to a young person, even in fun

DO NOT  use inappropriate language - writing, phoning, email or internet

DO NOT  let allegations, suspicions, or concerns about abuse go unreported

DO NOT  just rely on your good name to protect you