Social media is used across Gloucestershire Scouts (the county) to promote scouting, to share information with parents/guardians and young people, and to provide volunteers with a place to share ideas and communicate with each other.
This policy sets out how social media should be used within the county for the purposes listed above, whilst also setting the boundaries within which staff and volunteers should operate.
Many terms are used to describe aspects of social media – guidance is available in Additional Information. The following terms are used in this policy:
Groups – a membership-based profile, used by members to communicate with a known group of people (e.g. a group for leaders, a group for leaders and parents/young people in a unit)
Pages – a public-facing presence, typically used to advertise scouting towards the public, and to broadcast information (e.g. announcing an event)
This policy applies to all social media groups and pages for Gloucestershire Scouts, and to all staff, volunteers and members of the county.