Keeping Everyone Safe

The primary aim of the framework and process is to keep all our leaders, supporters and young people safe. Whilst you might find the idea of creating new written risk assessments challenging, there is support to help you through a County/District working party which has been set up, The Risk Assessment Framework is the key system that will create confidence for our young people and their parents and enable us all to enjoy the activities safely.

Framework Principles

(section amended for clarification 26/7/2020)

  • Guidance documents from The Scout Association will set out the operating procedures for activities. These may be amended from time to time particularly if government or National Youth Agency advice changes
  • Normal insurance will be in force providing that leaders and groups follow the guidelines and meet all the required steps and safety requirements
  • A COVID safe risk assessment will need to be completed. It should cover all planned face to face Covid19 Hazards in the location(s) of your planned activities. Multiple locations can be included on the same risk assessment. For maximum numbers please see here (Readiness levels across the UK)
  • Completed risk assessments will have to be signed off at a district level
  • A consultation with parents, young people and volunteers should be undertaken prior to submitting the risk assessment for approval.
  • Explicit consent by parents to the New Measures and Risk Assessment is required as set out on the Explicit Consent form.


  • Group Scout Leaders have been sent a copy of the Suffolk Scouts plan for enabling the framework.
  • The documentation and plan is currently under construction.
  • The earliest date that risk assessments will be considered will be 7th August
  • This is not a race. It is worth spending time to ensure risk assessments are robust and COVID secure


Three Important Documents For Returning to Face-to-Face Scouting

1.   The Scout Association Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template

2.   Consultation Capture Form - A template for what you need to do when you are consulting with parents, young people and volunteers (Word file).

3.   Explicit Consent Form – these are specific to each District and can be found by clicking on the appropriate link below (Word file).


Further Information (updated 6-Oct-2020)

If you would like to start looking further at risk assessments and the process for returning to scouting you can read more here. Suffolk Scouts will send out further information as the process is further developed.

 - Support for Specialist Activities Risk Assessments.  There is useful guidance available from National Governing Bodies (NGB) to support you in planning to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19 when delivering more specialist activities (Air Rifle, Archery, Cycling, Hillwalking, Climbing, Paddlesports, Sailing & Powerboating) - see the document available below for links.


Important Reminder

Please remember that until your group has received an approved risk assessment from the District, you cannot do any form of face to face scouting in any section even if you socially distance. This includes investitures and awarding of badges.  


Suffolk RTS Process

Suffolk RTS Process