Scouting for all
Here you will find some tips and resources to help you be more inclusive towards all young people in Scouting.
If you are interested in finding out how Inclusive your section or group is, use the link on the right to complete an Inclusivity RAG analysis.
In 2019, The Scout Association in partnership with the National Autistic Society released some elearning modules. Use the link on the right to access these excellent resources.
Inclusion is good practice: consider everyone’s needs – physical, social and emotional
Focus on the individual not the disability
Don’t wrap young people in cotton wool. They have a disability; they are not ill.
Don’t make assumptions:
- That they cannot access your premises when in reality they may have to cope with similar situations all the time in their home or community
- That because they cannot speak clearly, they do not understand
- That because they cannot join in some of your activities, they will not enjoy being part of all you do.
Talk to the young person and family members. Also, see the questionnaires and supporting material below.
Don’t assume they will need someone to help them all the time to enable them to join you – whilst some children made need one-to-one support initially or for specific activities, you need to be wary of a personal supporter becoming a barrier to their involvement and isolating them from their peers. Try to encourage such support to be part of the wider team bringing their gifts and skills to the wider context and sharing the individual support among the team and where appropriate among the other members of the section.
Use a variety of media to communicate – can you run a favourite game using pictures or simple sounds rather than words? Use pictures to indicate parts of your building, what’s stored in a cupboard or box; create a picture chart of different activities to enable children with limited speech to choose which they would like to do or to help explain what is going to happen next.
Regularly monitor how it is going with your team and with the family and the individual – see the suggested form below.