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Safeguarding Awareness

Safeguarding Awareness

Welcome to the Safeguarding Awareness page. Here, you will find up to date information on The Scout Association's policy regarding Safeguarding (formally known as Child Protection). In addition, it is here that you will find details of forthcoming Safeguarding Awareness training sessions that will take place within Lincolnshire Scout County throughout 2020

 Cost  Will be £3 and a receipt will be given for reclaiming the cost

To book on to any of these course please contact Guy Williams on Cindy Lee on or Wendy Smith on

Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinator

Your Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinator is Cindy Lee. If you would like to receive further information, have any issues or concerns regarding Safeguarding Awareness, or would like to arrange a local training session, then please contact Cindy at:

Safeguarding Awareness Training

Cindy will be able to arrange for training to be delivered locally, so please contact her should your District need a course. All local training sessions need a minimum of 12 participants, and a small fee of £3 per person will be charged to cover administration costs.

If you wish to attend a safeguarding course, please contact Cindy direct for an application form, unless otherwise stated. Please note your completed application form must include payment for £3 to cover the course fee, cheques payable to 'Lincolnshire County Scout Council - Leader Training'.

Safeguarding Awareness Training course is open for Leaders,Sectional Assistants, Occassional Helpers

Course Completion

Your training will be entered on the membership database at the earliest opportunity by either, your County Training Manager, Local Training Manager or County Training Administrator and will be valid for five years at which point you will)   need to redo the training before your next appointment review.

Safeguarding Awareness Information

Most of you will be aware there have been some changes in Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) role requirements for safeguarding training and module 1 (Essential Information). The Association reviews its safeguarding arrangements constantly and, following an internal review and external advice from the NSPCC, it was decided that training in safeguarding matters should be an ongoing requirement, as it is with first aid. For information: The Scout Association's Policy on Child Protection and Anti-Bullying can be found in POR (Current Edition), Chapter 2, Rules 2.3, 2.4 and 2.5.

All those who are subject to an appointment review, essentially anyone who holds an appointment except for Occasional Helpers, Scout Active Support Members and those in elected roles, will need to ensure they have completed the training at the point of their appointment review, or within three years, whichever is soonest.

In exceptional circumstances, appointment reviews may continue without the appointee having undergone safeguarding training however, as part of the appointment process, the appointee must agree to complete safeguarding training within six months of the review.

Safeguarding Awareness Training Online Learning Package

An ‘online e-learning’ safeguarding package is available at This e-learning package is predominantly for those who have already attended the instructor led course and need to refresh their training for appointment review purposes.  HQ suggest that if you wish to do the online version, the next time around you attend an instructor led session. If you have not done safeguarding awareness training before, it is also suggested that you attend the instructor led course first, and then alternate training methods thereafter. You can access the online e-learning package at:

If you would like to access this method for training, click on the link above, scroll down to the bottom of the displayed page to access the HQ link to the e-learning safeguarding awareness training package.


The inclusion of Safeguarding Training - Why?

The Association reviews its safeguarding arrangements constantly and, following formal internal review and external advice from the NSPCC, it was decided that training in safeguarding matters should be an ongoing requirement - as it is with first aid. The issues facing adults in keeping young people safe are changing all the time and it is essential that we provide maximum support by having updated training.

Who is responsible for ensuring adults have completed the Safeguarding Training?

The appointees line manager will need to check that those they review have completed the training; in the same way that they would for First Response (and the requirements for a DBS Disclosure check). The Appointment Review (AR) Form has being amended to reflect this.

Who is responsible for ensuring that training is available?

Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinators can provide training sessions meeting the objectives and offer advice on all safeguarding matters.

Who manages the delivery of safeguarding training?

The County Training Manager (CTM), in conjunction with the Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinator (SAC). SACs have duties outlined in POR to monitor compliance with safeguarding arrangements and provide the necessary advice to Commissioners.

Who can deliver training?

Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinators or other trainers who have completed the SAC training provided by HQ (further details are available from In Lincolnshire, currently only Cindy Lee, Linda Wilson and Adam Jacklin are qualified and authorised to deliver safeguarding awareness training.

Do Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinators have to do Modules 28 and 29?

No. SACs receive specialist training from HQ, which includes training on effective workshop delivery, and they are not required to complete other training modules.

Which appointments does this rule apply to?

All those subject to an appointment review - essentially anyone who holds an appointment except for Occasional Helpers; Scout Active Support Members; and those in elected roles. However, Occasional helpers and Scout Active Support Members should be encouraged to undergo Safeguarding Awareness Training for their own benefit and the benefit of those young and vulnerable people they work with.

Are there any Scouting training resources available and must they be used?

Training resources are available to those who have completed the training for Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinators. The materials are designed to assist the delivery of workshops.

How long does the training take?

Participants who attend the instructor led training session from Cindy or one her members of staff should expect the session to last approximately 2½-3 hours. Participants undertaking the online e-learning safeguarding awareness package can complete the training at their own pace.

What should be checked at review?

Adults need to be able to demonstrate that they have completed safeguarding training during the period since their last review. The Appointment Review Form (AR) has now been amended to reflect this.

Can external courses be used in "exceptional circumstances?" – No!

Our preference is a session with a Scout Association Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinator or participation in the online e-learning package. You may well have completed safeguarding awareness training through your place of work however, it is important that the training is undertaken within the context of Scouting, which will be that much different to what you may have completed through an external source.

Why should I have to do the same training every five years (every three years in Lincolnshire County)?

Safeguarding training is constantly reviewed and our understanding of the issues faced by young people change over time. The content of this training will, therefore, change to reflect this. Best practice suggests that those completing online e-learning training for one appointment review may benefit from doing an alternative method for the following one - but this is likely to be affected by local priorities.

Shouldn't this training be completed before leaders have been involved for five years?

All adults complete Module 1 training as part of their ‘Getting Started’ training within the first 5 months of their Appointment. However, we will always encourage participation in further safeguarding training at any time – the earlier, the better.

And Finally...

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)


The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences. Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are. If young people understand the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so - particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them. So, how can young people protect themselves whilst online? The answer is simple. If they understand the internet and understand what the risks are, there are a number of things they can do that will make them safer whilst online. To find out what, Cindy intends to deliver ThinkuKnow! Training sessions for Scouts and Explorer Scouts (aged 11 to 18) across the County. Please Note: Cindy is currently obtaining confirmation with HQ before proceeding with this type of training, so please revisit this page frequently for further developments.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above information, please contact Cindy at:, or alternatively, you can email HQ at: or phone The Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818.