Today the inquest has concluded into the death of Alan Lock, a six year old Beaver Scout from Suffolk who drowned on a Colony activity in 2009.  The Coroner recorded an Open Verdict.

Suffolk Scouts are very sorry that this tragic incident occurred. Our prayers are with Alan’s family and friends.

The safety of our young people has always been our number one priority. Half a million young people take part in thousands of Scouting activities safely every week and incidents like this are very rare.

The Scout Association conducted its own internal inquiry after the incident. We have thoroughly reviewed our rules, procedures and training. We have provided additional information on the need to conduct regular headcounts, and to regularly undertake risk assessments. We have also updated our training for leaders on these two matters.

We have listened very carefully to the advice offered by the Coroner and will now consider this in detail to determine how we might be able to further improve our rules and procedures.