Child Safe Scouting
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.
Our policy is to report any allegation of abuse to WA Police and other child protection authorities. Any Leader involved with such allegations will be immediately stood down pending further investigation.
Child Protection and Scout Leaders
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 are required to undertake a mandatory Police check prior to commencing activities with any section of Scouts WA. Approved Adult Leaders receive comprehensive ongoing training in dealing with children. All Leaders must sign a document under which they agree to abide by a Code of Conduct, which incorporates important child protection principles.
For more information see the 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.
Reporting Abuse in Scouting
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 can be reported to Scouts WA Incident Liaison Officer, on 0400 525 629 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.