Special Needs

Provision For Children With Special Needs In Birmingham County

The County of Birmingham believe that every child should have the opportunity to become a member of The Scout Association, regardless of their physical or mental abilities. For the majority of young people this can be successfully achieved within their local Scout Group. For most families it is best to approach your local scout group (contact number for HQ). However, if you have particular concerns or questions please contact Alison Hughes on alison.hughes@birminghamscouts.org.uk

Information for Leaders

Nationally, the scout association provides information about special needs, click here for more information. There are 42 factsheets, which are free to download from the Information Centre, and which should be your first port of call. Additionally, information on rarer conditions can be found on the Contact a Family website. You can also contact your ADC special needs or me, and we will endeavour to support you. Furthermore, there is a special needs training module (module 36) which runs annually through the training team or can be delivered to your group or District by arrangement. Should you need further information about a particular special need, please contact me directly.

Specialist Provision

Although the vast majority of children can be accommodated in their local scout group some special schools run groups within School time for pupils within that school. Onaway Scout group takes scouting and guiding onto wards 5 and 7 at Birmingham Children’s hospital with a team of over 10 volunteer leaders under the GSL of Roger Simpson.

COVID-19 Update

The safety and well being of our young people and adults is a priority during these uncertain times. As a County we have put out a full statement about how we will be dealing with the next few weeks - please read the statement via the link below (please close this box after clicking the button below). We will continue to keep everybody updated as and when we can.