Help Megan’s research

Megan from Bedfordshire is a Scout Network Member and is looking for your help with a project.

Dear all,

I am a Scout Network member from Bedfordshire and I am currently working on my Scouts of the World Award. Scouts of the World Award (SOWA) is a Scout Network only award that gives Scout Network members the chance to undertake a project of their choice within the themes of Peace, Environment and Sustainability and take action on their chosen issue.

I have made a short survey for people who have an adult role in Scouting to help me gather information and suggestions for my project. I would appreciate it if you could take 5 – 10 minutes to complete my survey. (Link for the survey at the bottom of the email)

As part of my Scouts of the World Award, I am creating a resource to help adults within Bedfordshire Scouting (and the East of England!) on supporting the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people and in providing activities for the youth members on raising awareness of LGBTQ+. (LGBT is an initialism (acronym) that means: L – Lesbian, G – Gay, B – Bisexual and T – Transgender.

People often use LGBTQ+ to mean all of the communities included in the “LGBTTTQQIAA”). In my opinion, out of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act (2010) many are already inclusive under the Sections’ programme within the International Badge, the Faith Badges, and the Disability Awareness Badge. However, raising awareness of LGBTQ+ does not yet have a programme area (LGBTQ+ can contribute to a third of the protected characteristics).

Due to the impact of Section 28, schools are only now including LGBTQ+ within the curriculum. I have looked in depth with the statutory guidance that schools are using to include LGBTQ+ in the curriculum, and I will be following it closely for each Section depending on the Key Stage they are in (e.g. KS1 for Beavers e.c.t) to ensure the information is age appropriate.

This pack would be an optional resource that Leaders can use either for certain times of the year. For example, LGBTQ+ history month (February in the UK) or Pride Month (June) or throughout the year. Within the pack there would be information for Leaders on where to find more resources relating to LGBTQ+ issues and, there would also be information on how to make their meetings LGBT-inclusive.

This survey should take 5 – 10 minutes to complete and is completed voluntarily. You can choose to answer some questions and not others and have the option “Prefer not to say”. You can also change your mind and stop it if you want to. The answers you supply are anonymous and individual answers will not be shared.

Link for the survey: <— click here

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.