Safety Policy

Hilversum International Scouts

Safety Policy

The safety of our youth members is of paramount importance to the Leadership of Hilversum International Scout Group. Here below are some details of our efforts to ensure the safety of our youth members within the Scouting Programme. As members of Scouting Nederland we are subject to Scouting rules and regulations which are well thought out and follow the laws of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.

Responsibility
Hilversum International Scouts is responsible for the care and safety of its youth members only during meetings and regularly scheduled and supervised activities (camps, outings, etc). We are not responsible for youth member safety outside of scheduled activities. Parents are strongly encouraged to drop-off and collect their children on time for activities or arrange for others to do so.

Insurance
Our membership in Scouting Nederland provides us with umbrella coverage for Liability Insurance. This, according to normal practice for youth organizations in The Netherlands works in conjunction with personal (family) liability insurance. This insurance is called Aansprakelijkheidsverzekering and is usually provided as part of the standard homeowner insurance package. If your child is involved in Scouting Activities and you are not sure if you have an Aansprakelijkheidsverzekering, please ask your insurance agent. An Aansprakelijkheidsverzekering is required for children taking part in Scouting activities.

Background checks
All leaders and helpers are required to submit a background check called the VOG (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag – Certificate of Good Behaviour) which is undertaken by the Gemeente in conjunction with the police). Hilversum International Scouts pays the fees required to complete this check.

Code of Behaviour
We are required to follow the Scouting Nederlands Code of Behaviour for Adults in Scouting. All leaders, helpers and Committee members must read this code, and signify their agreement by signing. A link to the Code of Behaviour – Gedragscode – can be found here. An English language translation of the Code of behaviour is available, please contact: info@hilversum-intl.nl to request a copy.