Last Updated: 19:00 Monday 27 September 2021
Key Information for Volunteers and Parents
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Getting back together safely – Information for Leaders
We’re working with youth sector partners and the National Youth Agency government body to make sure that we restart safely. There’s a framework and set of guidance that should be followed when your section gets back together, based on the latest government announcements and current readiness levels.
Readiness level: Green
This means: All activities can resume for members who live in England. Residential activities and international travel may take place.
Maximum group size:
- All non-residential activities (including young people, Scout Network and adult only groups): No limit on group size, although all activities must be able to safely manage the risk of transmission of COVID and, if this is not possible, they must not take place.
- Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place, more details in the planning COVID-safe Nights Away in 2021 guidance. Approval and risk assessments are submitted via the Nights Away Notification.
- International travel: Visits abroad may resume but must follow the FCDO travel advice and still manage the transmission of COVID and ensuring that the trips are safe and accessible.
- Risk Assessment Approval: The requirement to have COVID-19 risk assessments approved by District has been removed. Groups and sections must still complete COVID-19 risks assessments, but like all other risks that we manage every day, it can be agreed within the Group itself (and within the District team for Explorer Units and Scout Network). If you wish you can include the risks in the activity risk assessment rather than complete separate documents.
Note: It’s important to remember that we’re still in the middle of the pandemic and we all have the duty to make sure we’re following the letter and spirit of the guidance. As with all Scouts activities you need to have a risk assessment and be clear on how you are managing the transmission of COVID. Guidance on how to protect everyone involved in the Scouts and support those made more vulnerable by the current situation. This guidance contains the most up to date information relating to social distancing, face coverings and hygiene arrangements, check this regularly to stay current.
Scout Premises and Maintenance
Groups may resume maintenance inline with all current government guidance. As with youth activities, maintenance activities must safely manage the risk of transmission of COVID and, if this is not possible, they must not take place.