Reference form (RF)
As Scouts, we prepare young people with skills for life.
We encourage young people to do more, learn more, and be
more. Each week, we help over 460,000 young people enjoy
fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to
succeed; now and in the future.
These 460,000 young people are supported by around
160,000 adult volunteers. The adult named above has
offered to volunteer/is currently volunteering for the
Scouts and has given your name as a referee.
As an organisation committed to the safeguarding of children
and young people, we must be sure that any new volunteers
are suitable before they can take on their role and we would
ask you to assist us in this important matter.
Could you please take a few minutes to complete this
reference, which will remain condential, and return it to
the person identied at the bottom of this page? It would
be very helpful to have your reply as soon as possible, so
that the voluntary appointment is processed as efciently
as possible.
In commenting on the applicant, please would you bear in
mind that the appointment under consideration may involve
substantial work with children, young people or charitable
funds. We would therefore appreciate you being extremely
candid in your responses.
Name of applicant
Appointment under consideration
If you are interested in volunteering with the Scouts, take a
look at our website to nd more
information about how you can help young people develop
skills for life.
Thank you for your help.
(Appointments Secretary)
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of receiving a reference; this is to be used by us at
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you provide to us is securely stored
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storage/as paper-based records in locked cabinets).
Your reference
1. How long have you known the applicant?
2. In what capacity?
3. Are you aware of any reason the applicant should not have
any involvement with the Scouts?
Yes No
If you have answered yes, we will contact you in condence.
4. What attributes does the applicant have that would make
them particularly suitable?
5. How would you describe their personality?
6. Please rate the applicant on the following: Please tick one
Poor Average Good Very
Working with young people
Self motivation
Motivating others
Working with other adults
Respect for others
7. Are there any other comments you would like to make
about the applicant?
Name of referee
Your contact details
We will use this information to contact you should we need
more details on any of your comments.
Preferred telephone number 1
Preferred telephone number 2
Email address
If we need to contact you, when would be best?
Daytime Evening
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