Child protection and safety
REPORTING/ NOTIFYING THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES
It is a requirement of Scouts Queensland that if a volunteer, youth or young adult member, staff member or helper suspects a child has experienced harm, or is at risk of experiencing harm, that person must contact the QLD Police. This is not limited to Scouting related activities.
Queensland Police Service: The Queensland Police Service has a number of dedicated Child Protection and Investigation Units across the state to investigate criminal matters relating to child abuse. If you have concerns about criminal behaviour, contact your local police station.
In an emergency, call 000.
Additionally, children and young people themselves should be encouraged to report any abuse or suspected abuse.
NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES TO SCOUTS QUEENSLAND
It is a requirement of Scouts Queensland that if a volunteer, youth or young adult member, staff member or helper suspects a child has experienced harm, or is at risk of experiencing harm, that person takes the following action, as soon as possible after he or she forms the suspicion:
(a) Follows the procedures mentioned in “REPORTING /NOTIFYING THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES” above; and
(b) Completes an F8 (Child Abuse Report Form), which is then to be forwarded to the Chief Commissioner’s Office at Scouts Queensland as soon as possible. This form may be submitted anonymously. Forms are to be sent to:
- Administration and Complaints Officer
PO Box 520, Toowong QLD 4066
- Or email email@example.com
RESPONDING TO GRIEF AND TRAUMA
The Scout Association maintains a list of psychologists and professional counsellors who would be willing to see members of the Scout Association. This requires the member getting a referral from their general practitioner (local doctor) to be attended to by this professional. This counselling service is covered under the “GP Mental Health Care Plan” and will be bulk billed to Medicare, or offered a rebate (please check with individual practitioner) for up to six sessions provided the patient is referred by their general practitioner.