Safe Scouting

Child Protection

Scouts Australia has developed a best practice Child Protection policy in conjunction with the Government and Childwise.

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 allegations of child abuse to police, and other child protection authorities.

If any such allegations are made, we report the allegations to the police and stand down any Leaders in respect of whom such allegations are made.

Child Protection and Scout Leaders

Scouts requires all adults applying to join the Association to satisfy Working with Children Check (WWCC) arrangements; consent to a Police and Character Check.. 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.

Download the most updated version of our Scouts SA Child Protection Framework and Prescribed Procedures (August 2020).

Download the Scouts Australia Child Protection Policy and Prescribed Procedure.

For further information please call our Volunteer Support manager, Adam Willis at Scout Headquarters on 08 8130 6000 or free call 1800 SCOUTS.

Incident Report Process – Child Protection

Any person suspecting that abuse has occurred may seek confidential advice directly from the Child Abuse Reportline or Scout Headquarters.

  • Child Abuse Report line Phone: 131 478 (24 Hours)
  • Scout Headquarters Business Hours: 08 8130 6000
  • Scouts Headquarters outside business hours. Branch Incident Reportline 08 8378 2412

Report must be made to Child Abuse Report line and to Scouts Australia (SA Branch).
Reports can be made anonymously.
No person should dissuade another from reporting an incident, or suspicion of, child abuse.

Work Health and Safety Policy

Scouts SA has a comprehensive risk focused WHS Management System  consisting of its WHS Policy and supporting documents. Please find our policies on The Q-Store

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