Child Safety and Safeguarding
Child Safe Scouting
The safety and wellbeing of the children, and people at risk, 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 and safeguarding for all people at risk.
Our policy is to report any allegation of abuse to WA Police, child protection and other relevant authorities. Any Adult Leader, Volunteer or Employee involved with such allegations will be immediately stood down pending further investigation, in line with our Child Protection Policy.
Child Protection and Safeguarding requirement for Adults in Scouts WA
Adults applying to join Scouts WA in any capacity are required to satisfy the requirements of a Working with Children Check and a Police and Character Check and participate in a suitability interview.
All potential Adult Leaders, Volunteers and Employees are required to undertake a mandatory Police check prior to commencing activities with any section of Scouts WA. Approved Adult Leaders, Volunteers, and Employees receive comprehensive ongoing training in dealing with children. All Adult Leaders, Volunteers, and Employees must sign a document under which they agree to abide by a Code of Conduct, which incorporates important child protection and safeguarding principles. All Adult Leaders, Volunteers and Employees must also complete mandatory Scouts training relating to Child Protection and Safeguarding prior to commencing in their role at Scouts WA.
For more information see Scouts Australia National Child Protection Policy with Western Australian Footnotes.
Scouts WA also maintains a list of frequently asked questions and their answers, available here.
Please use this online form to Submit a New Incident or Near Miss Related to Person.
Please use this online form to Submit a New Incident or Near Miss Related to an Asset (e.g. Property, Vehicles, Equipment).
Reporting Abuse in Scouting
It is every person’s responsibility to keep children and people at risk safe and report any potential concerns relating to safeguarding.
Scouts WA welcomes approaches from anyone wishing to talk to us about abuse that has happened in Scouting, regardless of when the abuse took place.
Incidents or concerns can be reported to Scouts WA on (08) 6240 7798 or at email@example.com
If for some reason the listed phone number goes to voicemail, please leave a message starting with ‘I would like to talk to someone privately about what happened to someone I know at Scouts’ along with your name and contact details. The call will be returned the same day, in a confidential environment to ensure privacy.
Immediate action will be taken for any matters involving the safety of youth members.
Scouting caters for the medical, physical and dietary requirements of Scouts by obtaining all necessary health information for members.
Scouts Australia has a National Safe Practice Policy as well as a National Risk Management System which has been developed in conjunction in accordance with AS/NZS 4360-2004.