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Expression of Interest - Kym the NSW Mascot Print E-mail

Kym, the NSW Mascot will be available to hire by Scout Groups, Districts and Regions for promotional events.

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The hire documentation is being reviewed - if your Group, District or Region is interested, please fill in the Expression of interest Form below and we will contact you once the forms are available.

 

Expression of Interest for Kym the NSW Mascot
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PLEASE NOTE: This Expression of Interest does not confirm your booking. This can only be confirmed after the hire forms are finished and sent to you to fill in.

 
Scouts Australia NSW Social Media Guidelines Print E-mail

Social Media

One of the most common and powerful methods of communicating with youth members and leaders is through social media platforms.  Scouts Australia NSW has a guideline for the use of social media on their website and all leaders, youth members and parents should be familiar with it. The guideline can be accessed on http://www.nsw.scouts.com.au/images/stories/Social_Media_Guidelines.pdf.

Scouts Australia NSW has an official Facebook page, and various Scout Groups and Regions also have a Facebook page. Scouts Australia NSW supports these methods of communication but expects its members to use social media in a responsible way and in accordance with all policies and the Code of Conduct.

Tips to remember when using or creating social media platforms

  •          Facebook requires all users to be at least 13 years of age.
  •          Parents should be informed if Youth Members are being encouraged to connect with a Scouts Facebook page.
  •          There should be at least two adult administrators who have access to the login, password, and facilitation of the account.
  •          Members should never give out personal information about Members to anyone on Facebook.

Two deep leadership also applies to social media.

Adult Members should not engage in one-on-one discussions with young people online or via telephone, for example through emails or Facebook messaging, instant chatting, Skyping, texting or telephone conversations. This is the same as going into a private room with a young person and closing the door. All electronic communication between adult Members and Youth Members should be public (e.g. the Facebook walls of a Scout Group or Section). If a circumstance does arise where an adult Member needs to communicate with a Youth Member electronically, the communication should always include at least one other adult Member or parent.

 Scouts Australia NSW strongly recommends that adult Members not be Facebook friends with Youth Members.[1]

 

Regional Member Support Person

A Members Support Leader backs up the Region Commissioner and can assist the Region, Group or individual Leader. They have varied skills gained from personal experience along with Scouting skills built up through training and working directly with the State Members Support Team.

The NSW State Members Support team strongly encourage Regions to appoint someone in to this role. They become a valuable asset to the Region Commissioner and great support to the Region.

For further information, please contact NSW State Commissioner or Assistant State Commissioner for Member support.

David Marston and Jill Pretty Your State Members Support Team

Contact via the state Office 029735 9000 or David 0420 305 515


[1] Scouts Australia NSW guidelines Social Media

 
Scouts Australia NSW appeared before the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Print E-mail

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Letter from the Chief Commissioner – Royal Commission Releases First Case Study Report Print E-mail

Dear Members of Scouts Australia,

I am taking this opportunity to speak with all members of the Scouting Community about the incredibly important matter of child safety and welfare.

Just a few days ago the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse submitted its first case study report – looking into systems and circumstances that were in place when Steven Larkins, who was a Scout leader during the 1990s, abused children. Even after Scouts had lodged a report with police, Larkins went on to work as the CEO of the Hunter Aboriginal Children’s Service and in 2012 he was found guilty of a number of charges in court.

In review of the Larkins case and in particular the child protection system that Scouting had in place during the 1990's, the Royal Commission’s Report found that we did not have an adequate system in place.  Scouts agree with the Report’s findings in this regard.

As noted in the Report, Scouts changed its procedures and by 2000 the Scouts’ Behaviour Management Procedure had altered to require the immediate suspension of an adult member who was the subject of serious allegations without investigating the matter beforehand.

Today, a specific step-by‐step process is used to respond to child abuse allegations. In cases of criminal abuse it includes a complete suspension of the accused adult member and immediate reporting to police and/or other relevant external child protection authorities. Scouts encourages an environment which fosters the immediate reporting of any abuse, and recognises that any delay in reporting can have an impact on everyone involved, especially the victims.

Scouts has zero tolerance for any form of child abuse.  It does not conduct any type of investigation for allegations of criminal child abuse and hands any concerns directly to the police for full, professional investigation.

 

 
Royal Commission has Scouts Australia's full support Print E-mail

Scouts Australia welcomes the Prime Minister's announcement of the Royal Commission's terms of reference and the appointment of six highly regarded Australians as commissioners.

The six commissioners provide the necessary diversity of experience to deliver a meaningful and thorough approach to achieving the Royal Commission Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's objective - to effect national changes to the systems which protect children.

Scouts Australia has zero-tolerance for abuse of any kind, and we will work closely with the Commission to share all records and information in order to achieve this crucial objective.

Scouts Australia has established the Royal Commission Advisory Committee, led by Chief Commissioner Reg Williams, that includes representatives from Scouts' youth, state and territory leadership. For more information please click here.

 
Scouts Welcomes Royal Commission in Child Abuse Print E-mail

Scouts Australia welcomes the Federal Government's decision to establish a national Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia. Scouts will assist The Commission in whatever way possible.

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