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It is the policy of The BPSA to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from physical, sexual, and emotional harm.

A Code of good practice for all Adults in Scouting.


Code of Behaviour


bullettreat everyone with respect
bulletprovide an example you wish others to follow
bulletplan activities which involve more than one other person being present, or at least which are within sight or hearing of others
bulletrespect a young person's right to personal privacy
bullethave separate sleeping accommodation for leaders and young people
bulletprovide access for young people to talk to others about any concerns they may have
bulletencourage young people and adults to feel comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behavior they do not like
bulletmaintain a healthy adult lifestyle
bulletremember that someone else might misinterpret your actions, no matter how well-intentioned
bulletrecognize that caution is required even in sensitive moments of counseling, such as when dealing with bullying, bereavement or abuse.


Do NOT...

bulletpermit abusive youth peer activities (eg initiation ceremonies, ridiculing, bullying)
bulletplay physical contact games with young people
bullethave any inappropriate physical or verbal contact with others
bulletjump to conclusions about others without checking facts
bulletallow yourself to be drawn into inappropriate attention seeking behavior such as tantrums or crushes
bulletexaggerate or trivialize child-abuse issues
bulletshow favoritism to any individual
bulletmake suggestive remarks or gestures
bulletrely on just your good name to protect you
bulletbelieve "it could never happen to me"


What happens if... ?

If you suspect a child is being abused:

  1. immediately tell your Group Scouter or District Commissioner
  2. record the facts as you know them and give a copy to your District Commissioner
  3. ensure that the child has access to an independent adult
  4. ensure that no Scouting situation arises which could cause any further concern

If a child discloses to you abuse by someone else:

  1. allow the child to speak without interruption, accepting what is said
  2. alleviate feelings of guilt and isolation, while passing no judgment
  3. advise that you will try to offer support, but that you must pass the information on
  4. same steps as 1-4 as in suspecting a child is being abused

If you receive an allegations about any adult or about yourself:

  1. immediately tell your Group Scouter or District Commissioner
  2. record the facts as you know them and give a copy to your District Commissioner
  3. try to ensure that no-one is placed in a position which could cause further compromise

You must refer; you must not investigate









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