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.

Check that:

  • 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

Yellow Card PDF