Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.
As Child Safety Week draws to a close, thoughts turn to the activities and meetings we run. Our young people deserve adventures, excitement and fun. However, at the core of all activities we have to consider safety for our young people and the adults involved.
In Axe Scout District we adhere to the robust child safety policies set by The Scout Association. In addition our district team and volunteers support and encourage each other to run exciting and safe programme's. As an organisation we also have in place a clear safeguarding policy to protect our young people.
It is not just the adults that have to think safety, each section of scouting has badges that can be awarded to our young people to reward their knowledge of safety. These badges give us the opertunity to teach our young people how to remain safe in the home and when out exploring!
Beaver Scouts - Safety Activity Badge
Beavers are taught a great deal on safety, to be awarded this badge they must demonstrate knowledge on; the Green Cross Code, Water Safety, Stranger Danger, and Dangers in the Home.
Cub Scouts - Personal Safety Activity Badge
As the next stage of scouting, after Beavers, Cubs are required to look at safety in more detail. To prove they can be mindful of their own personal safety, they are required to demostrate the dangers of playing in certain situations, show they can follow a chosen safety code, and using their own knowledge create a safety code.
Scouts - Lifesaver Activity Badge
As the young people get older the badges become more specific to a type of activity and how to keep other people safe. To obtain this badge, Scouts should be able to explain or show how to carry out a rescue from water, explain or show what you would do if a person or pet fall through ice, and reach a set standard of Royal Lifesaving Society UK (RLSS UK) training.
Explorer Scouts - Survival Skills Activity Badges
As the section with the oldest youth members, the skills that have to be demonstrated are extensive in order to receive this badge. Some of the skills included are, how to prevent and treat the effects of extreme heat or cold, demonstrate the correct use of international distress signals using a whistle, torch, mirror or markers, learn to identify and source local, edible plants and fruit and the risks involved in eating those incorrectly identified, and describe some basic actions you can take while waiting to be rescued that will keep you and your group safe, and assist your rescuers in locating you.
If our young people haven't had enough with these safety subjects, there is also the Emergency Aid Staged Activity badge for all scout sections, to teach our youth members first aid techniques.
If you would like more information on these badges, give them a click!