I recently received through the post and completed the NSPCC "Keeping Children Safe" modules. Goody too shoes that I am, I actually found the three modules interesting and informative.
Two things it threw up, which I would be interested to know your views on are:
"Never drive or walk a young person home on their own unless there are truly exceptional circumstances and never take a young person to your home."
Now the bit about never take a YP to your home is a given of course - however its a bit of a grey area with regard to taking a kid home - what if the Scout is the child of a family friend or someone you mix with socially outside Scouting? Case in hand the other night - my ASL had to leave the meeting early and I offered to take his son/Scout home rather than the Scout having to leave early with his dad. Although I know my ASL through Scouting, we are now good friends and am sure would continue to be good friends, even without Scouting. Should I have done this? What would you have done in this instance or similar?
"You and other adults in charge of the children should not drink alcohol - because you are in charge and because of setting a good example. This applies even if you are off duty but around the children."
My view: YP in bed, camp fire, late at night, adults sharing a tipple, chilling out, laughing, chatting, one of the best parts of the day! This is phrased as though adults can't act responsibly when having a tipple (just like when you're at home but you drink more!) which is not the case. What do you think.....