‘Young People First’ code of practice (yellow card)
To give positive guidance, the ‘Young People First’ code of practice (also known as the yellow card) sets out a code of behaviour for all adults in Scouting.
Every adult should have 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.
- You have your own copy.
- All other adults involved in working with young people have a copy.
- You have a copy displayed in your HQ or meeting place.
- Parents/Carers are made aware of the yellow card and our child protection policy.
Code of behaviour
Do remember that you are a role model at ALL times, inside and outside Scouting. Set a good example for others to follow.
Do treat everyone with dignity and respect in line with the Scouting Values
Do treat all young people equally – do not show favouritism
Do follow the adult-to-young person ratios at all times
Do remember that you have been placed in a position of trust – do not abuse this
Do report all allegations, suspicions and concerns immediately
Do remember that someone may misinterpret your actions
Do respect a young person’s right to personal privacy
Do act within appropriate boundaries, even in difficult circumstances
Do encourage an open and transparent culture, where people can challenge inappropriate attitudes or behaviours
Do make everyone (young people, parents and carers, Young Leaders and other helpers) aware of our safeguarding arrangements and share our Yellow Card – our Code of Behaviour
Do create an environment where young people feel safe to voice their concerns
Do have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, adults and Young Leaders working with a younger section
Do plan activities that involve more than one other person being present, or at least within sight and hearing of others.
Do not plan to be alone with a young person.
Do not drink alcohol when you are directly responsible for young people and never allow young people on Scouting activities to drink alcohol
Do not trivialise abuse or let it go unreported
Do not join in physical contact games with young people
Do not overstep the boundaries between yourself and young people by engaging in friendships or sexual relationships
Do not allow activities that encourage bullying behaviour including initiation ceremonies, dares or forfeits
Do not use inappropriate, suggestive or threatening language, whether verbal, written or online
Do not rely on your reputation or position to protect you
To get copies of the ‘Young People First’ code of practice (yellow card), including the large version, please contact Scout Shops on 01903 766921 or visit the website.