Your privacy is important to us, and we want to hold and use your personal data only in a way which is appropriate to your involvement with Scouting and which is in line with UK law on data protection. The Policy Organisation and Rules (POR) contains the Privacy and Data Protection Policy of Scouting in Chapter 2 (Key Policies) and we fully comply with this and follow The Scout Association’s issued guidance.

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

Every member of the County is deemed to be a “data subject”, irrespective of age. The data subject is determined to be the member of the County rather than the parent/guardian of that County member. However we will be holding some measure of personal data for the parent/guardian (e.g. name and contact details). We undertake to hold this data in the same secure manner and use this data only in the same manner for Scouting purposes as outlined within this document.

The County Executive of Hereford & Worcester Scout County (also known as “Scouts Hereford and Worcester” or “County”) are the data controllers (contact details below). This means it is the County Executive who decide how any of your personal data that is held is used and for what purposes.

Specifically the County Chair is deemed to be the “data controller” on behalf of the County.

The County Executive of Hereford & Worcester Scout County fully comply with their obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We specifically use your personal data for the following purposes:

  • Enrolment forms
  • Programme forms
  • Electronic registers
  • Safety records
  • Safeguarding records
  • Training records
  • Programme records
  • Activity records
  • Event recording
  • Communicating with you reading Scouting

To maintain records, we use:

  • The Online Scout Manager (OSM) This is primarily used for young people’s records (up to the age of 18) and principally contains programme records. It also holds names, emergency telephone numbers and dates of birth. It can also hold information about leaders and helpers for activities and events.
    Access to OSM is restricted to members of the Leadership team only. This is used a quick reference point for emergency telephone numbers so access is granted to a wider set of individual Leaders but the breadth information held within the system is restricted.
  • The Scout Association’s Compass adult membership system; responsibility for which rest with The Scout Association. The Compass system is not used for data for those under the age of 18 and is for all adult volunteers records It contains personal information (including names, addresses, contact information, dates of birth, roles and training) for each adult member of the County.
    Access to Compass is controlled by The Scout Association and for the County restricted to the hierarchy of County roles. Adult members are responsible for maintaining their own data on Compass, e.g. name, address, contact details either directly or via a nominated individual. All membership data should be checked as regularly as possible to ensure it is correct/factually accurate and must, in any event, be checked on an annual basis.
  • Use of Local County Systems to hold and process data for local purposes including events, activities and These will evolve and change over time, but will always been checked first to ensure that they offer adequate security and their use will be recorded by County. Typically they may include:
    • Office 365 for things like permits, personal, medical and emergency details to provide information on the planning of scouting activities, safeguarding and security of members
    • Eventbrite for personal details when booking on to events
    • Doodle for personal contact details when attempting to organise events
    • Dropbox and Onefile for programme data with names
    • Customer/Client Relationship Management (CRM) system for contact Details to deploy relevant communications to member
    • MailChimp and e-mail for contact Details to deploy relevant communications to member
    • Hard Copy / Paper as appropriate.
  • As a member of Scouts Hereford & Worcester, each individual (young person and adult) agrees to the County holding and using their information for the purposes of
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
  • Processing is carried out by the County (or by some person or organisation on their behalf once the County are satisfied that adequate data protection is in place) provided:
    • the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes, e.g. parents / guardians of young people); and
    • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of Scouting for purposes connected with Scouting.

We will only share your data with third parties outside of Scouting in the UK with your consent.

We hold all personal data in accordance with the guidance provided by The Scout Association and industry best practice for data privacy.

We review our data security arrangements on a regular basis (typically as systems and processes change) and at least annually. We maintain or record of who, where and how all personally identifiable information is retained and processed within the County.

Specifically, we retain information regarding members’ data while it is still current and then securely destroy the information when it is no longer relevant:

  • For events, we securely destroy all personal information after the event is completed (unless there are any relevant residual legal issues such as health, safety and safeguarding).
  • For young peoples (under 18) membership records we securely destroy these within a year of the individual leaving Scouting.
  • Adult membership records are national records and held on Compass subject to The Scout Association’s retention policy.

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the County hold about
  • The right to request that the County correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date.
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the County / Scouting to retain such data
  • The right to cease to be a member of Scouts Hereford & Worcester and then withdraw your consent to the processing at any
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing.
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Policy, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact your local Unit Leader. If they cannot provide an answer of if they have further queries, contact should be made with the County Chair as our data controller (e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to Hereford and Worcester Scout County, c/o 16 Northwick Close, Worcester, WR3 7EF).