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Liverpool North District Scouts

Supporting Scouting in Merseyside

Getting Back Together Safely
04/07/2020 By Stephen James


With current talk of a return to face to face scouting we need to remember that we need to do this safely and in line with the guidance and instructions from National level and continue to follow Government guidance.

The Scouts held a webinar on 2nd July to outline the process which will be followed and provide guidance as to what this means to us all. Knowing a lot of us where unable to join this webinar, a recording has been made which can be watched here. Can I request we all take some time out to watch and discuss with your Group Scout Leaders how we can move forward as the reopening of our groups and sections will take some adations and changes from us all.


Readiness Framework and Guidance

As lockdown measures start to ease, UK Scouts are working with youth sector partners and the National Youth Agency government body to determine what a safe return to face to face Scouts may look like when the readiness level reduces from red. Our framework defines our readiness levels as:

Red: Rate of infection is remaining consistent or growing.

Impact on Scouts: Digital programme delivery, no face-to-face activities or meetings, no residential experiences

Amber: Rate of infection is reducing consistently in all parts of the country.

Impact on Scouts: Digital programme delivery, small group sessions can take place outdoors, no residential activities

Yellow: Number of cases low and decreasing, full Track and Trace system in place.

Impact on Scouts: Digital programme delivery, small group sessions can take place indoors and outdoors, no residential activities

Green: No new cases or a vaccine is readily available.

Impact on Scouts: All activities can resume in line with Government guidance.

Note: UK Scouts will determine changes to readiness levels; and as levels change, our readiness framework defines the policies and procedures that apply. At the point activities are able to resume, District Commissioners (or their nominee) will be required to provide their approval and to ensure appropriate risk assessments are in place.


There is a plethora of information available from both National and County whic can be read via the following sites, including the framework which must be followed before the criteria can be met to allow us to resum face to face meetings.

National: https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/scouts-at-home/getting-everyone-back-together-safely/

County: https://merseysidescouts.com/blogs/news/coronavirus-and-covid-19

Infromation at both of these sites is contantly being reviewed and updated therefore can I suggest we all keep up to date with the information provided, while also remembering that each group and section will differ from others around them with local factors being part of the decision to move to the next phase.

Any questions please refer to your Group Scout Leader, or their representative as your first port of call.

Thank you for all you have been doing during these difficult few months, and all that you will be needing to do over the next phase of reducing the lockdown criteria.



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