Child Safety Print

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.

The Scouts Australia NSW Child Protection Policy and Procedures have recently been updated. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with these updated documents and to discuss the content with your Scouting colleagues and youth members. The NSW policy and procedures have been developed in accordance with the Scouts Australia Child protection documents and together form the new NSW Child Protection Framework. Transition arrangements regarding the rollout of the NSW Child Protection Framework are under development and will be issued in early 2017.

Every child has the right to feel safe and to report. Scouts Australia NSW has a zero tolerance policy towards abuse of any kind. It is important that every adult and child in Scouting in NSW is aware of and familiar with the NSW policy and procedures and above all that they understand who they can approach and the appropriate steps to take, should any form of abuse be brought to their attention. Child Protection is our number one priority and is everyone’s responsibility.

Child Protection Policy NEW 12.12.2016

Child Protection Procedure NEW 12.12.2016

Remember
 
All suspicions, concerns or allegations about criminal matters or child protection matters should be reported directly to the Chief Commissioner, the Deputy Chief Commissioner (Issues Management), the General Manager or the Child Protection Officer at the NSW State Office on:
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Imminent Danger
If a young person is in imminent danger, the matter should be reported directly and immediately to NSW Police on 131 444.

Where a report is made to the police, you should also subsequently notify the NSW State Office.

 

Adult Leaders

  • Background Police checks are conducted on all prospective Leaders.
  • References are sought and checked.
  • Working with Children Checks (WWCC) are required for ALL Adult Leaders.
  • All Adult Leaders receive comprehensive and ongoing training in dealing with children.
  • Our practice is to have at least two Leaders (or one Leader and another adult) present during all activities.

Medical Safety

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.

Child Protection

The Scouts Child Protection System is considered by authorities to be among the best. The former Commissioner for The Commission for Children and Young People in NSW has said:

"I commend Scouts Australia NSW for making a positive contribution to making child-safe, child-friendly organisations a reality."

Scouts NSW has a Child Protection Policy and Procedures encapsulating and strengthening the risk management practices previously in place for protection of children.

For over 50 years, while there was no legal requirement for the screening of Leaders, Scouts has insisted that all Leaders undergo an interview, have referees, and submit to full Police Criminal Record Checks, conducted both at the time of their application and randomly on an ongoing basis throughout their service at Scouts.

Under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012, the Office of Children’s Guardian now manages the WWCC process, and oversees an important aspect of the screening and standards for those who work or volunteer with children and young people. Scouts Australia NSW is being phased into the WWCC process during 2015. Both during and after this time, Scouts will continue its current long-standing practice of insisting that all Uniform Adult Members undergo an interview, have referees, and submit to full Police Criminal Record Checks, conducted both at the time of their application and randomly on an ongoing basis throughout their service with Scouts Australia NSW.

 

We also have a Child Protection Team which oversees child protection issues and supports our Members. This team, under the leadership of the Assistant Chief Commissioner (Issues Management), is made up of individuals whose qualifications are allied to the task.

Any complaints are acted upon swiftly and decisively. Scouts Australia NSW always refers those matters that fall within their respective jurisdictions to the Police and the Community Services. Other matters are dealt with in accordance with set procedures under the team's supervision.

Click to download:

Parents' Child Protection Guide

Reporting Child Protection Concerns

 

Working with Children Checks (WWCC)

Click to download:

WWCC Outline and Application Details

 

Child Protection Team

Please report any child protection matters to the Scouts Australia NSW Child Protect Team:

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Ph: 9735 9000.