The policy of The Scout Association is to include young people with additional needs and disabilities in mainstream Scouting wherever possible. Where it is not possible or appropriate, there is a network of specialist Scout Groups for young people who would otherwise not be able to participate and enjoy Scouting.

For example, there are a number of Scout Groups operating in hospitals and hospices providing Scouting for young people with life limiting conditions.

Our Equal Opportunities Policy, states that no person should receive less favourable treatment on the basis of, nor suffer disadvantage by reason of:

  • age
  • class or socio-economic status
  • ethnic origin
  • nationality (or statelessness) or race
  • gender (including gender re-assignment)
  • sexual orientation
  • marital or civil partnership status
  • disability (including mental or physical ability)
  • pregnancy
  • political belief
  • religion or belief (including the absence of belief)