Mandatory Ongoing Learning
Mandatory Ongoing Learning has always been important to The Scout Association to keep all its members safe. In POR version Sept 2020, the rules and guidance were enhanced and in places extended. More tools were made available to enable Line Managers to monitor this to ensure all their volunteers stay up-to-date.
Mandatory Ongoing Learning (MOL) refers to:
Safety – Required within 5 months of starting, complete module SFTY which produces a certificate, then renew every 3 years
Safeguarding – Required within 5 months of starting, complete module SAFE which produces a certificate, then renew every 3 years
First Aid – Required within first 3 years, Minimum Module 10 (or 10a/10b) (one day) then renew every 3 years
All membership roles have to do Safety and Safeguarding training and renewals. Roles that require a Wood-badge have to do First Aid training and renewals. Volunteers in other roles can opt to do the First Aid training and opt whether to renew it.
Line managers are responsible for ensuring their team is up-to-date (POR 3.43.i, 4.50.i and 5.40.i). Other teams support them in making this happen; HQ email people 30 days before they need their Safety and Safeguarding renewed, Dorset Adult Training may invite volunteers to First Aid training events.
Support for Line Managers
Whilst the information on the status of this training in your team can be sought in various places, the definitive tool is to use the Compliance Assistant Report. This can be run by GSLs, DCs, DDCs, CTM, LTMs, CC, DCCs, Appointment Secretaries and Group/District/County administrators.
Alternatively, you can encourage individuals to check their own record on Compass.