Scouts with additional needs

Scouts is about actively involving everyone and we make any adjustments to make that possible.

We know if you’ve got a child in your care with additional needs, doing something new can be scary – for both of you! We pride ourselves on our inclusivity and we do our best to make sure all our members can take part. There’s a lot of flexibility within the Scouts programme to meet individual needs.

Our leaders are normal people with a variety of backgrounds and experience when it comes to additional needs so it’s really important that you work with them to help find a way to ensure your young person gets the very best possible Scouting experience. Our leaders will always do their best, they just might need some support and guidance from you.

First steps

When you’re first offered a place in Scouts, your local leader will get in touch to arrange a chat with you to find out more about your child. This isn’t an interview or screening process, it’s simply to make sure we understand your child’s needs and how we can make adjustments to make sure your child will get the most out of Scouts.

This conversation will just be the start of our ongoing partnership with you as a parent or carer. We appreciate things are constantly changing and you’re welcome to speak to your leader at any time.

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Keeping young people safe

Young people thrive in secure surroundings, at home and away. Wherever we go, we’re serious about keeping them safe.