Child Health & Safety

Parents take the safety of their children seriously – and so do we.

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

Gillian Calvert AO, former Commissioner for The Commission for Children and Young People in NSW.

You want to be confident your children are in good hands every time you drop them off at your local Scout Hall or event. As Scouts NSW our aim is to create a safe and secure environment where every child understands they have a right to feel safe.

At Scouts NSW:

  • All Leaders are thoroughly screened, undergo a NSW Police check, and must hold a valid, verified Working with Children check.
  • Adult Leaders receive comprehensive, ongoing training across a range of subjects including leadership, WHS, and child protection.
  • At least one person trained in first aid attends all major events.
  • At least two adults are present at all meetings and events.
  • We will liaise with you to ensure we have the information necessary to cater for your child's individual medical, physical and dietary requirements.

Every child has the right to feel safe.  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 Child Protection Policy and Procedures and 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.

All suspicions, concerns or allegations about criminal matters or child protection matters should be reported directly to one of the following:

  • Completing an incident form on this website by clicking on the orange links on the right of the screen.
    These reports will be filed with the Child Protection team who will action your report, or
  • The Deputy Chief Commissioner Youth Safety, Compliance and Support, or
  • The Chief Executive Officer, or
  • The Child Protection Officer at the NSW State Office on 02 9735 9000 or via email at ChildProtection@nsw.scouts.com.au

At Scouts NSW, the responsibility to ensure the safety of our youth members extends to the online environment as well as face to face, physically. 

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the Scouts NSW Social Media Guidelines to ensure you know what is expected of you when communicating online with others in Scouting. In particular please note the following:

  • The expectation that adult Members always observe Two Deep Leadership extends to interactions with Youth Members electronically, both online and via telephone.
  • 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 (for example, by “CCing” the other adult Member in an email, or including the other adult in a Facebook message thread).