From the launch of Compass, and in line with UK government legislation, there will be some changes to the disclosure checking process. Only adult volunteers who participate in regulated activity now require a disclosure check. The Scout Association has reviewed all volunteer roles against the criteria for regulated Activity which is defined as:
“Teaching, training or instruction of children, carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more often), or on 4 or more days in a 30-day period, or overnight.
Day to day management or supervision on a regular basis of a person providing this activity which would be regulated if unsupervised.”
Some roles fall outside of regulated activity and no longer require a disclosure check, the remainder meet the requirements of the legislation and will require an appropriate level of disclosure check.
For our colleagues in Scotland there are no changes to the definition of regulated activity which already places limits on who is required to have PVG Scheme Membership, this includes members of Scout Network.
Disclosure check process
The information and rules will be formalised in the next edition of Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR), which will be published next month. Compass will help to automate this process as when an adult volunteer is assigned a role it will know what checks need to be processed. Renewal reminders will also be automated for those roles that require it.
All adult volunteers continue to be subject to a “Personal Enquiry”, as a minimum, this is a check made against records at Headquarters.
Members aged 18-25
A Network member participating in the section with peers does not require a disclosure check. However, a disclosure check will be required if they also hold a role as an adult volunteer in Scouting that involves regulated activity.
Adult volunteers who work with vulnerable 18-25 year olds in Scouting need a disclosure that is checked against both the adult and child register. This can be arranged by The Scout Association on that volunteer’s behalf by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. We are working with colleagues to develop further guidance in this area.
We understand these changes are quite different to previous processes but we expect Compass to make it easy to administer and manage. This is an early warning of the changes before the amended POR is launched and all members are informed, but we thank you for sharing this information with any other members locally who will benefit from advance notice.
Head of Safeguarding
The Scout Association