The safety and wellbeing of the children in our care is our number one concern and priority. As a thriving, modern organisation, we strive to be vigilant in identifying and eradicating child abuse. Scouts has had a policy and practice to report allegations of child abuse to police, and other child protection authorities.
If any such allegations are made, we deal with them by reporting these allegations to the police and standing down any Leaders in respect of whom such allegations are made.
Scouts requires all adults applying to join the Association to satisfy Working with Children Check (WWCC) arrangements; consent to a Police and Character Check as well as undertake a suitability interview by a local community committee. For many years all potential Scout Leaders have had to undertake a mandatory Police check.
All approved adult Leaders then receive comprehensive and ongoing training in dealing with children and the various aspects of Scouting. All Leaders must sign a document under which they agree to abide by a Code of Conduct, which incorporates important principles of Child Protection.
Each state and territory has formal policies dealing with child protection and inappropriate conduct or behaviour.
To view the Scouts Australia Child Protection Policy and Prescribed Procedures with WA Framework Footnotes, click here.
Any case of child sexual abuse is one too many. Australian community groups must ensure that abusers are identified, prevented from having contact with children and immediately reported to the police.
Scouts WA welcomes anyone who wishes to communicate with Scouts about any issue dealing with child sexual abuse.
To contact us, please call the Executive Assistant Coordinator Lisa Ruff at Scouts WA Branch Office on 6240 7703. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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