Discipline Policy

Scope of Policy

This policy covers members of all sections of the 8th Norwich (Norwich School) Sea Scout Group.


Guiding Principles

The Scout Promise and Law (/content/scout-promise-and-law) provide the essential elements of what every Cub, Scout, Explorer and Leader should strive to achieve. 

Respect for people and property are at the centre of how we should behave.   Leader, helpers, Young Leaders, Patrol Leaders, Sixers and their assistants hold positions of responsibility and should therefore set a good example.

This policy strives to create a culture in which behaviour that falls short of our expectations is picked up and individuals given an opportunity to make the necessary changes for themselves.    Persistent poor behaviour,  or very serious offences, will be dealt with in a proportionate and consistent manner with the young peoples’ interests and development as a central priority.   

It is essential that we recognise good behaviour and praise those who perform well or change their behaviour for the better.    The School is keen to hear of good work and behaviour to contribute to its co-curricular merits.  


Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour can manifest in many forms.  

The Cardinal Sins are:-

  • Mental and physical abuse, including all forms of bullying, aggressive and anti-social behaviour
  • Any breach of the Knife and Axe Policy
  • Theft
  • Malicious damage to property
  • Drug and alchohol abuse

Examples of minor, but still untolerated, behaviour, includes:


  • Rudeness and nastiness
  • Dis-respect 
  • Bad language
  • Disrupting the enjoyment or learning of others


Leaders will be vigilant for, and deal swiftly with, incidents of bullying.    Bullying should not become part of the culture and passed on from one year group to another, much like a “rite of passage”.  This will not be tolerated.


Scouts and School

Our Scouting is an extension of schooling, but not an extension of school.    It is to be expected that the cultures of the two organisations will be different, but the high expectations set by school life is not an excuse for bad behaviour in Scouts.

Overwhelmingly, School and Scouts share the same cohort of children and there is a common interest in their welfare, whether as victim or perpetrator. 

With the exception of bullying type incidents, there is no automatic reporting of incidents to the School.   Bully incidents are reported to both GSL and to the School automatically via the website system set out below.   If a trend of poor behaviour is suspected this may also be shared by the GSL with Tutors or Housemasters as appropriate.   Equally the School may enquire of the GSL as to whether we are experiencing problems with individuals at Scouts who may be struggling to conform at School.


Reporting and Sharing of Incidents

Consistency in our collective expectations of the children is important.   Sharing behavioural issues, if done discreetly and professionally, can help achieve this and get the right response.

Incidents of concern should be reported via the e-reports on the Leader Pages on the 8NSS Website.     The forms can be found at:  www.8nss.org.uk/ Leaders only/Incident Report Forms 

This will give three options:

  • Incident – Injury Report Form          


  • Misconduct Report Form                  



It is important that all incidents of concern involving the above are recorded so that trends can be monitored and appropriate support given to individuals.  If in doubt report it!

All  e-reports will be sent automatically to the GSL.   The bullying report will also go to Lara Pechard, Principal Deputy Head at Norwich School.



Sanctions should be proportionate, timely, and reflect the context of a situation along with the history of an individual (first offence etc).

Most minor incidents should be dealt with at the time with a swift reprimand and verbal warning.   Most often a quiet word will be effective at changing behaviours.     However, leaders need to be aware that if the need arises sanctions can be escalated, and the following is a guide:-


Minor Sanctions (Imposed by Section Leader)

  • On the spot reprimand and warning, without an e- report
  • On the sport reprimand,  with an e-report
  • Temporary removal from activity (sin bin approach to cool down and reflect for a few minutes)
  • Extra Ops Duties (normally camps only and this should be carefully done as giving service should be seen as an honourable thing and not necessarily a punishment.)
  • Reporting to a Section Leader or GSL
  • Sending home (collection by parent early by arrangement)
  • Demotion (for PL/APL/Sixer/Seconder)


Major Sanctions (Imposed in consultation with the GSL)

When reprimands, warnings and minor sanctions have been applied but poor behaviour persists, or where a "Cardinal Sin" has been committed, then the following may be needed:-

  • Reporting to parents (verbal or in writing)
  • Suspension – Normally for two weeks or more
  • Expulsion or transfer to another Group (in consultation with District Commissioner)


If we decide to suspend someone for longer then we must honour our side of the contract and let them rejoin as the pre-arranged date with a clean sheet.

Scouts respond much more effectively to reprimands and warnings made as part of a quiet, considered one to one conversation.   Sanctions, warnings carried out by a leader should if possible be witnessed by another leader/responsible adult and the appropriate report form used.

Where malicious damage is caused the Group reserves the right to pursue replacement or repair from the parents of the Scout(s) concerned.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about discipline within the Group then they should discuss this with the GSL or Chairman.


Ian Hayward
February 2018