National Redress Scheme
A key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was the establishment of a National Redress Scheme. Scouts NSW has consistently supported the establishment of a National Redress Scheme as it provides, amongst other benefits, a consistent and independent means of providing acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. Scouts NSW announced on 31 May 2018 its intention to opt in to the Scheme and have since completed the required administration to formally participate.
Please read the Members' letter here.
The Scheme commenced on 1 July 2018, and will run for 10 years.
The National Redress Scheme is made up of three components:
- access to counselling and psychological care
- a direct personal response - such as an apology from the responsible institution(s) for applicants who want it;
- a monetary payment.
To Make a Claim
If you wish to make a claim with the National Redress Scheme about Scouts NSW, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions and Answers about the National Redress Scheme can be found here.
If you would like more information about the Scheme, please visit www.nationalredress.gov.au/ or call the the National Redress Scheme Information Line on 1800 737 377.
Child Safety in Scouting
Scouts NSW is committed to maintaining a culture where young people feel safe and empowered to speak up. Our priority continues to be on ensuring the wellbeing of all children and young adults.
Scouts NSW does not tolerate abuse of any kind, and our policy is to immediately report any allegations of child abuse directly to the police. Our Adult Leaders have the appropriate working with children checks in place and undertake mandatory training in child safe practices on an ongoing basis.
A National Child Protection Policy and Procedures developed in conjunction with a leading child protection organisation are in place. We continue to enhance our policies and procedures in the area of child safety in response to evolving best practise and relevant Government legislation and regulation.
To find out more about Child Safe Scouting, please click here.