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14 July 2023 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

An interview with Yours in Scouting | Part 1


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In this week’s podcast Alan and Danielle speak with Sheanna Patelmaster and Lucy Pincott, the founders of Yours In Scouting about the reasons for setting up this website and current campaign following their abuse by scout leaders. Yours in Scouting is supported by The Good Law Project.

There are three main goals;

  1. To be heard
  2. Take action
  3. Create accountability

We discuss the barriers they have faced whilst trying to raise safeguarding concerns with the scouts organisation and what led them to set up this campaign and website. The website allows individuals to post their experiences anonymously. The aim is to have paid safeguarding lead positions in each scout county in the United Kingdom. The team are calling on the UK Government through their petition, to hold The Scouts Association accountable to protect those who have been harmed whilst in their care.

If you would like to contact the Yours in Scouting team, please email [email protected].

We encourage anyone who has concerns about sexual abuse to get in touch. You can contact Alan Collins at [email protected] or Danielle Vincent at [email protected].

Author bio

Alan Collins


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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