Here you will find some tips and resources to help you be more inclusive towards all young people in Scouting.

Further advice can be obtained from the ACC (Inclusion). There are more resources on


Inclusion is good practice: consider everyone’s needs – physical, social and emotional

Focus on the individual not the disability

Don’t wrap young people in cotton wool. They have a disability; they are not ill.

Don’t make assumptions:

  • That they cannot access your premises when in reality they may have to cope with similar situations all the time in their home or community
  • That because they cannot speak clearly, they do not understand
  • That because they cannot join in some of your activities, they will not enjoy being part of all you do.

Talk to the young person and family members. Also,  see the questionnaires and supporting material below.

Don’t assume they will need someone to help them all the time to enable them to join you – whilst some children made need one-to-one support initially or for specific activities, you need to be wary of a personal supporter becoming a barrier to their involvement and isolating them from their peers. Try to encourage such support to be part of the wider team bringing their gifts and skills to the wider context and sharing the individual support among the team and where appropriate among the other members of the section.

Use a variety of media to communicate – can you run a favourite game using pictures or simple sounds rather than words? Use pictures to indicate parts of your building, what’s stored in a cupboard or box; create a picture chart of different activities to enable children with limited speech to choose which they would like to do or to help explain what is going to happen next.

Regularly monitor how it is going with your team and with the family and the individual – see the suggested form below.

Specially designed forms to assist you in including a disabled child or young person

Using the More About Me form PDF Logo

More About Me form with prompts PDF Logo

More About Me form – blank PDF Logo to be completed in with parent/carer not to be sent home for completion – this is part of the good practice of inclusion.

Communication Passport template PDF Logo

Monitoring Inclusive Practice template PDF Logo

Useful links, contacts and literature

Christine Cocker – – is willing to do a session with your section on Makaton based signing.

Tim Simpson can provide support and training for leaders on Autism and Diabetes. Tim is a Scout Leader in Cheltenham and his email address is:

Active Impact – advice, training, wants and offers (equipment and resources); opportunities for community action and involvement – Gloucestershire based

A+bility – outdoor activities/courses, equipment – Gloucestershire based

Allsorts – advice, opportunities for community action and involvement – Gloucestershire based

Active Gloucestershire – has listings of sports groups which are inclusive and would be useful to contact if you are wanting some sport or fitness related activity to involve your whole section Active Gloucestershire Inclusion Directory. Please also discuss your inclusion needs with Activity leaders in the County team.
FLAGS: FLAGS is the National Scout Active Support Unit which actively supports the recruitment, retention and ongoing support of LGBT adults within The Scout Association in the UK.


The Buskers Guide to Inclusion by Philip Douch ( of Active Impact) Publ. by Common Threads Ltd

Top Tips on Welcoming Special Children by Denise Abrahall publ. by Scripture Union