Child Health & Safety

 

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

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.

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.

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.

Scouts Australia provides excellent materials for combating bullying for all sections and Scout Members via the Breaking the Cycle program.

All suspicions, concerns or allegations about criminal matters or child protection matters should be reported directly to the Chief Commissioner, the Deputy Chief Commissioner (Youth Safety, Compliance and Support), the CEO or the Child Protection Officer at the NSW State Office. To make a report use the online child protection form, call 02 9735 9000 or email childprotection@nsw.scouts.com.au.

If a young person is in imminent danger, the matter should be reported directly and immediately to NSW Police on 131444. Where a report is made to the police, you should also subsequently notify the NSW State Office.

Become an Adult Helper

All Adults who volunteer on overnight camps (including parents and guardians) are required to obtain a Working With Children Check and complete an Adult Helper Application Form (A2).

Read more about this requirement here.

Youth Safe Advocates

The Youth Safe Advocates Scheme ensures all members are able to enjoy Scouts within an environment where they feel safe, supported and empowered, and can speak openly about any safety issues and concerns they may have.

Learn more about Youth Safe Advocates here.

Social Media Guidelines

The responsibility to ensure the safety of our youth members extends to the online environment as well as face-to-face, physically. Ensure you know what is expected of you when communicating online with others in Scouting.

View the Social Media Guidelines here.