Safeguarding in Scouting is a prime consideration in everything we do.


Cambridgeshire Safeguarding Adviser

For all aspects of support and information regarding Safeguarding  please contact Sue Best who is the County Advisor (Safeguarding) and our County Safeguarding Co-ordinator

Other Useful Contacts

Information centre: 0845 300 1818

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline free, at any time, for reporting concerns about the safety of a child. Call 0800 800 5000

Concerned about the safety of your child on the Internet? Try the ThinkUKnow website

Parentline Plus is a free, confidential 24-hour helpline for parents concerned about a wide range of issues.
Call 0808 800 2222 or visit

Anti-Bullying Campaign operates a helpline for parents and counselling for children who are being bullied.
Call 020 7378 1446

Kidscape produces leaflets and booklets on bullying and runs a helpline Monday-Friday on
08451 205204

Code of behaviour also known as the “Yellow Card”  Download here


Code of behaviour

Do keep to this code at all times.

Do treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Do set an example for others to follow.

Do treat all young people equally – do not show favouritism.

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

Do follow the recommended adult-to-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, eg a sexual relationship with a young person who is 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 attitudes or behaviours they do not like.

Do avoid being drawn into inappropriate attention-seeking behaviour, eg tantrums and crushes

Do make everyone (young people, parents and carers, Young Leaders and other helpers) aware of our safeguarding arrangements.

Do remember this code at sensitive moments, eg when helping someone who has been bullied, bereaved or abused.

Do tell other leaders where you are and what you are doing

Do remember someone else might misinterpret your actions, even if you mean well.

Do take any allegations or concerns of abuse seriously and refer them to your Group Scout Leader or District Commissioner immediately.

Do not trivialise abuse.

Do not form a relationship with a young person that is an abuse of trust.

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  allow abusive activities, eg initiation ceremonies or bullying.

Do not take part in inappropriate behaviour or contact, whether physical, verbal or sexual.

Do not take part in 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 when writing, phoning, emailing or using the internet.

Do not let allegations, suspicions, or concerns about abuse go unreported.

Do not rely just on your good name to protect you.