As a parent it’s natural that you would want to be assured of their child’s safety and welfare wherever they are. As an organisation we are committed to ensuring that our youth members learn, develop and have fun in a safe and secure environment. To this end we have developed robust child protection, recruitment and selection policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are consistent with National child protection policy and with good practice guidelines in the Youth Work sector in the Republic and in Northern Ireland.
Our ‘Code of Good Practice’ outlines our child protection policies and procedures.
When a youth member takes part in a Scout Activity it is important that the Scouter in Charge has all medical information relating to the youth member in hand.
To aid this process Scouting Ireland require that a medical consent form is filled in by the parent.
Your local Scout Group will be happy to discuss any queries you may have in relation to the implementation of these procedures at local level.
Garda Vetting / Access Northern Ireland Vetting
All new applicant Scouters go through a vetting process. Applicant Scouters must provide 2 references and must go through formal police checking (Garda Vetting or Access Northern Ireland checking). In addition, all new Scouters must undertake a child protection training course during their Induction period. This training is accredited and monitored by the National Youth Council of Ireland.
Scouting Ireland is a registered organisation with the Garda Central Vetting Unit in Thurles, Co Tipperary and with Access Northern Ireland in Belfast, Co Antrim.