All parents are concerned about the safety of their children - and we are too. Safety and security have a very high priority at Scouts Australia NSW.
- Background ‘Police’ checks are conducted on all prospective Leaders.
- References are sought and checked
- All adult Leaders receive comprehensive and ongoing training in dealing with children.
- Our desire is to have at least two Leaders present during all activities.
For all Scouting activities, we cater for medical, physical and dietary requirements by obtaining all the necessary information to allow Leaders and other helpers to take appropriate action.
At least one person trained in first aid attends all major events.
The Scouts Child Protection System is considered by authorities, to be amongst the best. In a recent message The Commissioner’s for The Commission for Children Young People in NSW said.
“I encourage all organisations that work with kids to take steps to become child-safe and child-friendly. Kids are safer from abuse and harm when organisations adopt good risk management practices and build a culture that respects, values and includes children and young people.
“I commend Scouts Australia NSW for making a positive contribution to making child-safe, child-friendly organisations a reality.”
For over 50 years, when there were no legal screening requirements for youth Leaders, Scouts insisted all Leaders have referees and submit to a full police criminal record check, prior to completing their training.
We have a special team which oversees child protection issues and supports our Members. This team, under the leadership of an Assistant Chief Commissioner, is made up of individuals whose special qualifications are allied to the task.
Any complaints are acted upon swiftly and decisively. Depending on the matter, Scouts Australia NSW always refer to the authorities those matters that fall within their respective jurisdiction, such as the Police and the NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS). Other matters are dealt with in accordance to set procedures under the team's supervision.
Click here to download a 'Parents' Child Protection Guide'
Contact our membership hotline on 1800 SCOUTS (1800 726 887) or