Child Protection: The CRB

All volunteers in the scouting association need to fill out an adult application form that doubles as a CRB form (Criminal Records Bureau check). 

Any adults working directly with our young people will need to complete either an occasional helpers form (parent who helps during the occasional meeting and/or camps/activities) or an adult application form (uniform leader). The forms can then be brought into a section meeting along with your passport and driving license for sign off by a section leader.

Leaders

Leaders, helpers and the Group Executive Officers must all complete a highly confidential and detailed enquiry, which is sent to the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) for processing. This is to ensure that adult members will ‘safeguard the welfare of all Members by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm.’ One of the key policies of the Scout Association.

Parents

So parents can join in activities or provide additional support such as transport, we must ask that they also complete this form, however it is entirely voluntary and if for whatever reason you don’t’ want to complete the CRB, it just means you wont be able to join in.

The outcome of the CRB check is only disclosed to the District Commissioner of Sevenoaks and she is obliged by law not to disclose this information, she may only inform staff of yes or no so they can continue with their planning processes, that is all.