Please note the following changes to the yellow card and safeguarding processes:
Changes to the yellow card from 1 January 2024
- The requirement to report any concern directly to the UK safeguarding team.
- Anyone reporting a concern who has a personal relationship or family connection with those involved needs to step back from the situation and inform the uk HQ safeguarding team.
Reporting directly to the uk hq safeguarding team
Currently the yellow card asks volunteers to report concerns to your group scout leader or district commissioner. Were changing the process to everyone reporting directly to the uk hq safeguarding team. This makes sure that were aware of concerns as soon as possible and can put measures in place to minimise risks to children, young people and adults at risk.
The UK HQ safeguarding team will be on hand to provide you with advice, support and guidance from the moment you report a concern. If you inform another member about the concern, then both individuals must then report direct to the UK HQ safeguarding team.
Everyone is expected to follow the new procedures from 1 January 2024.
Due to these changes to the process, we will be updating our resources.
We know it may take some getting used to, but these changes are crucial to help us act quickly and continue our commitment to keeping almost half a million young people safe in uk scouts.