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Code of Conduct

The purpose of Scouting is to encourage the physical, mental, social and spiritual development of young people. This is achieved by the example and guidance of dedicated men and women who help the youth members in the fulfillment of the Scout Promise and Law, so they become constructive and responsible citizens

This Code of Conduct is expected of all adults, Uniformed Leader, Committee people, parents and helpers, who work within the Scout Association, recognising that at all times they should act responsibly and exercise a "duty of care" to the youth Members

Adults in Scouting:
  • Respect the dignity of themselves and others
  • Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility, recognising that at all times their words and actions are an example to other Members of the Movement
  • Act at all times in accordance with Scouting principles thereby, thereby setting a suitable example for all
  • Do not use the Movement to promote their own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are not compatible with Scouting principles
  • Act with consideration and good judgement in all interpersonal relationships, both inside and outside Scouting
  • Respect everyone's right to personal privacy at all times. They take special care where sleeping, changing of clothing, bathing and ablutions are associated with any Scouting activity
  • Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with youth members wherever possible. Remember, "in sight - out of hearing"
  • For their own protection should avoid potentially compromising situations by ensuring, wherereasonably possible, that at least two adults are in attendance whilst supervising and/or accompanying Youth Members. It is recognised that, in certain circumstances, it may be necessary for a Leader or Adult, whilst acting responsibly and exercising their "duty of care", to be alone with a youth Member
  • Realise that bullying, physical, verbal or cultural abuse, sexual harassment, neglect or any other type of abuse, is unacceptable conduct by any member of the Movement

Also a reminder that photographs taken during the course of activities and events are the property of Scouts New Zealand and may be used in publicity and marketing of Scouts New Zealand