Scouting is about adventure, the outdoors, fun and games. It is also an organisation trusted to keep our young people safe from harm.
A Risk Assessment is all about being aware of the potential risks in any venue or activity, and what reasonable precautions can be taken to minimise them.
Not all Risk Assessments need to be written down. The important thing is that they are thought through, communicated, acted upon, and amended as circumstances dictate.
The best place to find information on this area is www.scouts.org.uk's "Safety Issues" page, which includes factsheets on Risk Assessment, risk assessing premises, safety checklists for managers, and Leaders and much more.
All adult volunteers in Scouting should have up-to-date training in Safety and in Safeguarding. This is delivered through the following methods:
Module 1 - Essential Information covers Safeguarding, Risk Assessment and Safety
Module 10 - First Aid - should include section on Accident Reporting
Module 17 - Running Safe Activities covers Safety, Risk Assessment, and Accident Reporting
In addition, whenever an adult volunteer has an Appointment Review (usually every five years), they will need to demonstrate that they have undertaken either the training above, or the mandatory ongoing learning in Safety and Safeguarding, and that they have an up-to-date First Aid qualification to the minimum standard of First Response.
Regular training courses on Safeguarding, Safety and First Response are delivered in West Lothian and elsewhere in Forth Region. There is also the facility to do e-learning for the Safeguarding and Safety training (click for the links), though it's recommended that if you do e-learning, then the next occasion you require the training, you should attend a course.
If you have a First Aid qualification through work or any other means, then as long as it meets the minimum standard of First Response, it will be valid, you just need to ensure that your Line Manager sees that the certificate is in date when you have your Appointment Review. If you aren't sure whether your qualification meets this standard, then check this factsheet.
We all have a duty to ensure that all our young people are safe from harm.
One of the most important pieces of paper you'll have been given when you became a volunteer was your YELLOW CARD. The Yellow Card (Young People First) outlines what you should do and not do if you suspect abuse, or if a young person discloses abuse of any kind to you. It also contains an important Code of Conduct.
Do ensure that you are up-to-date with Safeguarding training. You should either have completed Module 1, or the Safeguarding Ongoing Learning (e-learning or course) within the last 5 years. This applies to all adult volunteers, no matter their role.