4th Heswall Sea Scout Group are committed to the safeguarding and safety of all our members…
The safeguarding and safety of our young members and adults is of paramount importance to the 4th Heswall Leadership Team.
Whether we are in the hall, up a mountain, on the water, down the road and even overseas, we have a safeguarding policy and safety assessment to suit every adventure.
We seek to provide:
EXCITEMENT but not DANGER
ADVENTURE but not HAZARD
Scout Association Cards
Every adult leader at 4th Heswall posses and understands the White, Yellow and Purple card system from the Scout Association.
All 4th Heswall adult members have DBS clearance and take part in safeguarding and emergency first aid courses every three years, leaders with water activity permits also hold RYA First Aid, many of our leaders also have mental health awareness training too.
Every activity we undertake has a written risk assessment, adventurous activities always have a leader in charge with relevant Scouts UK Adventurous Activity Permits, appropriate skills and experience, and if necessary, national governing body qualifications to deliver the activity safely.
Should you have any concerns or questions about how 4th Heswall deliver adventurous activities, or would like to view any risk assessment relating to our adventures, please contact one of our team leaders.
The group’s guidance, procedures and safety checklist assure all that our activities are safe, well organised, and within the competence and ability of the leader in charge to provide our youth members a safe, structured, and invaluable experience.
Every adult at 4th Heswall has a copy of the ‘Young People First’ code of practice. It is designed so you can keep it with you at all times during Scouting activities.
Whilst we endeavour to take every precaution to enable safe scouting, the nature of any activity will involve an element of risk and therefore a situation may present that requires emergency procedures.
The purple card provides support for safe Scouting and guidance in the procedures for dealing with an emergency.
Scouting from Home
Many Scout badges and awards can be achieved at home with evidence submitted to leaders to fulfil the requirements and receive the award. Whilst we actively encourage badge activities at home, we cannot control the environment in which the activity takes place.
All activities should be supervised by an adult at all times, and are not subject to The Scout Association’s Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR).
These activities are completely voluntary and each adult should independently determine if they are suitable for their children.
Camp at Home
Merseyside County Scouts have made available a document which provides safety help for camping at home; click here to download.
All the group’s digital data collection, storage, and disposal conforms to the latest GDPR regulations. Our website, online activities and social media platforms conform to the Scout Association POR, should you have a concern regarding any aspect of our online activities, please contact a uniformed leader immediately, Contact Us
Further guidance from the Scout Association on the use of online communication platforms can be found here Digital Platforms for Scouts
Policies and Reporting
You can find the latest information on Scout Safeguarding Policies and what to do if you feel concerned by following the link below.
Policy Organisation and Rules
The latest framework on how the organisation operates is detailed in the Scouts UK POR.
Adult Organisation and Responsibilities
Adult member responsibilities and the leadership structure is clearly defined and can be found in the document below.
Please contact a uniformed member of our team in person should you have any questions or concerns