Child protection and safety

Please read the “CHILD SAFE SCOUTING (QBSI 10)” for full details.  (Download below)

 

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 to provide support and advice.

This is not limited to Scouting related activities. All suspicions, concerns or allegations about criminal matters or child protection matters should also be reported using the F8 form directly to the Chief Commissioner’s Office via email complaints@scoutsqld.com.au or PO Box 520 Toowong QLD 4066.

The Association will then make direct contact with the relevant authority about the matter.

  • 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 further requirement of Scouts Queensland that if a leader, volunteer, youth or young adult member, staff member or helper suspects a child has experienced CHILD ABUSE or is at risk of experiencing CHILD ABUSE, that person after contacting the Police completes a Child Abuse Report Form (F8), which is then to be forwarded to the Chief Commissioner or any other person designated by the Chief Commissioner at Scouts Queensland as soon as possible. This form may be submitted anonymously.

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. Download the list of psychologists and counsellors. List of Psychologists and Counsellors

Message from Scouts QLD – National Redress Scheme

Dear Scouting Members,

Please find a letter from Scouts Queensland relating to the National Redress Scheme for your attention.

Letter to Scouts Qld members-Redress Qld.pdf

10 Principals of Child Safety

The nationally endorsed Principals of Child Safety are as follows: 

·        Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.

·        Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.

·        Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.

·        Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.

·        People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.

·        Processes to respond to complaints and concerns are child focused.

·        Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing             education and training.

·        Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be           harmed.

·        Implementation of the national child safe principles is regularly reviewed and improved.

·        Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.

To find out more visit https://childsafe.humanrights.gov.au/ 

 

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