Bringing Everyone Back Together Safely

England Readiness Level – Red

As lockdown measures start to ease, TSA is working with youth sector partners and the National Youth Agency government body to understand what a safe return to face to face Scouts may look like when the readiness level reduces from red.

There are 4 levels which detail the permitted activity at each level. There must be no movement between levels unless approval is given by your District Commissioner.

Below is the framework and set of guidance on how elements of face to face Scouts could take place and the safety measures we would need to take into account. You can review this guidance now and start to make local plans for how you would implement some face to face activities once the readiness level in the nation was reduced.

Please remember, face to face Scouts is still suspended as the National Youth Agency readiness level is still red – but this is guidance to help you prepare for a time where restrictions may ease enough to allow it.

Residential activities that involve multiple households and international trips are only permitted at the green readiness level.

The Scouts Framework – for face to face activities

The Scouts Framework is aligned with Government-approved guidance for the Youth Sector developed by the National Youth Agency. This framework will apply in every nation within UK Scouting and walks through:

  • the permissions process for restarting any face to face activity
  • the key considerations to be ready to restart face-to-face activities and how these will be phased
  • Legal and liability conditions
  • Key control measures for everyone to follow
Read the Framework.
Guidance for completing risk assessments and approving face to face activity

Section Leaders will have to complete risk assessments and submit these via a smartform on-line for approval on TSA website here. Your District Commissioner will provide you with the name(s) and email address(es) of the named approver(s).

Guidance for Leaders – Developing your risk assessments for face to face activity.

Guidance for Commissioners and Executives – Approving local face to face activity.

The Guidance and support documents below are to help you plan the practical sides of some face to face Scout activity. The guidance covers a range of different situations you may want to plan for and talks you through what needs to be considered when you are preparing for safe return to face to face. This will support you in completing the written risk assessment required to have any face to face activity approved.

If you have any questions about Bringing Everyone Back Together Safely, then please contact your District Commissioner in the first instance.