Coronavirus

COVID-19 and Scouting in Suffolk

Suffolk Scouts have set up an action team to manage the risk regarding the COVID-19 virus, and to communicate advice and information to districts and groups in the county.

We are guided by headquarters and by Government guidelines, please see the external links for their latest advice.

Updates from Suffolk Scouts will appear below, please use the blue menu above to see all available resources.

Here is your third newsletter from your County Team. We don’t have so much information to share with you this week. This is a challenging and difficult time for all of us, so we thank you for your ongoing support of Scouting in Suffolk.

Please remember that the key communications over the coming months will be the weekly email newsletter and our website https://www.suffolkscouts.org.uk/coronovirus. Our Facebook and Twitter pages will be updated from time to time, but are not our official source of news. All content we post will be based on UK Government and The Scout Association guidelines.

Disclosure Checks

If you are not already aware, Headquarters have taken the decision to suspend disclosure applications during the current situation. This is to reduce any additional workload for the Disclosure and Barring Service as they concentrate on processing key workers. If volunteers have a disclosure that expires during this time, they do not need to be suspended (even though the e-mails will still be received) and can continue with digital scouting in their existing roles. New adults should NOT be added during this time.

Safeguarding

The Scout Association has issued some updated guidance to clarify the existing safeguarding rules. You can read this guidance here. Online scouting and using live video requires some careful planning, but can be carried out safely with a little thought.

Please remember, you must abide by our safeguarding principles and POR at all times. If you are conducting an online meeting, please ensure that a minimum of two adults join the meeting before any young person. Microsoft Teams will allow you to do this. As leaders, remember we are role models. Please create and implement risk assessments as you would for a normal meeting.

 #AdventureContinues

Don’t forget to visit our Scouting At Home initiative, full details on our website. Look out for emails from the #AdventureContinues team over the forthcoming weeks.

Please share your programmes with us so we can let other groups know what’s working for you.

In The News

1st Carlton Colville delivered their Beaver badges with the help of a dinosaur! Well done Emma Castleton and Nathan Waldron. Read more here https://tinyurl.com/u4arp3r. We'd love to hear more stories that we can share. Email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Wishing you a peaceful Easter

Mark Pearson

County Commissioner – Suffolk