Child protection and safety
Download our QBSI 10 Child Protection Policy and Procedures (QBSI 10)
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 appropriate agencies to provide support and advice. This is not limited to Scouting related activities.
(a) Department of Communities – Contact Child Safety Services on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
(b) After business hours, call the Child Safety After-Hours Service Centre on 3235 9999 or freecall 1800 177 135.
(d) If your concerns are about an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child, the local Recognised Entity will also be involved. A Recognised Entity is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander individual or organisation recognised in their community to provide cultural and family advice in Indigenous child protection matters.
(e) 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 Incident Report, which is then to be forwarded to the Chief Commissioner or Executive Manager at Scouts Queensland as soon as possible. This form may be submitted anonymously. See “Appendix B Scouts Queensland – Incident Report” in the “Child Protection Policy and Procedures 2014” downloadable above.
If Scouts Queensland receives a Notification under this policy, it will take the following action:
If the alleged offender is a member, helper or staff member of Scouts Queensland, the Association will – (i) immediately advise the alleged offender in writing that a report has been made that involves him or her; (ii) that he/she is suspended from all Scout activity (including the wearing of Scout uniform, accoutrements, badges and adornments, and attending any Scout function or representing Scouts whether on Scout premises, at a community venue or otherwise) until the matter is investigated by the appropriate authorities; and (iii) if an allegation is made against a staff member, that person will be stood-down with pay until the matter is finalised to the satisfaction of Scouts Queensland.
The Chief Commissioner or Executive Manager advises the Queensland Police Service Adult & Serial Sex Crimes Team and Sexual Crime Unit immediately and forwards the allegation documents. Queensland Police Service advise the Public Safety Business Agency and the Blue Card is suspended.
Please read the “Child Protection Policy and Procedures 2014” for full details (download above)
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.