While many of us consider ourselves inclusive and approachable, there are often things we haven’t considered doing that could make a young person’s Scouting experience much more enjoyable. Little changes to activities and weekly meetings mean we can remove barriers that might prevent a young person from getting involved. Scouting’s flexibility means that all young people, regardless of their ability, can join in and have fun.
All volunteers should make reasonable adjustments to support young people with disabilities in Scouting. Here are five quick things to consider:
- Work in partnership with young people’s parents/carers to identify their needs and the best way to support them. Take a look at the parent/carer conversation framework for guidance.
- Consider the physical environment your meeting takes place in and how you can make it more accessible.
- Make necessary changes to the way you run the Programme, allowing for a change in your Group’s usual routine or age range flexibility.
- Remember to provide additional support to those who need it. This may take the form of extra equipment or adapting the way you communicate.
- Regularly review your Group’s needs to ensure that any adjustments are still effective.