This page provides updates and links into the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Information and contacts
- All enquiries for Scouts Australia may be directed directly to our National Office 02 9413 1133
- Information on the Commission can be found on the Government website www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
- For information on reporting suspected child abuse visit the SA Governments website. www.dcsi.sa.gov.au
- To report suspected Child Abuse phone the Child Abuse Report Line 131478.
- Click here to read the Scouts SA Child Protection Policy
28 April 2014
Letter from the Chief Commissioner Royal Commission Releases First Case
Dear Members of Scouts Australia,
I am taking this opportunity to speak with all members of the Scouting Community about the incredibly important matter of child safety and welfare.
Just a few days ago the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse submitted its first case study report looking into systems and circumstances that were in place when Steven Larkins, who was a Scout leader during the 1990s, abused children. Even after Scouts had lodged a report with police, Larkins went on to work as the CEO of the Hunter Aboriginal Children¹s Service and in 2012 he was found guilty of a number of charges in court. In review of the Larkins case and in particular the child protection system that Scouting had in place during the 1990s, the Royal Commission¹s Report found that we did not have an adequate system in place. Scouts agrees with the Report¹s findings in this regard.
As noted in the Report, Scouts changed its procedures and by 2000 the Scouts¹ Behaviour Management Procedure had altered to require the immediate suspension of an adult member who was the subject of serious allegations without investigating the matter beforehand.
Today, a specific step-by-step process is used to respond to child abuse allegations. In cases of criminal abuse it includes a complete suspension of the accused adult member and immediate reporting to police and/or other relevant external child protection authorities. Scouts encourages an environment which fosters the immediate reporting of any abuse, and recognises that any delay in reporting can have an impact on everyone involved, especially the victims.
Scouts has zero tolerance for any form of child abuse. It does not conduct any type of investigation for allegations of criminal child abuse and hands any concerns directly to the police for full, professional investigation.
Yours in Scouting,
The Royal Commission has published the dates and locations of the private sessions to be held throughout Australia for the remainder of 2013. Further dates will be published subsequently.more
This is also a timely reminder for all of us with the responsibility of care for young people to remain vigilant in the area of child protection. To report to CARL (Child Abuse Report Line), or the Police when you have a concern, and to ensure we work together to ensure our Scout Child Protection policy is strictly adhered to and that the safety of our young people is top of mind, all the time.
24 Jan 2013 - Royal Commission Support
Chief Commissioner of Australia Reg Williams RFD declares Scouts Australia’s #openandhonest commitment to the Royal Commission, with personal concern for the victims and reiterating Scouts’ zero-tolerance approach to abuse of any kind more
23 Jan 2013 - Statement
Scouts Australia welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement of the Royal Commission’s terms of reference and the appointment of six highly regarded Australians as commissioners. more
Nov 2012 - Scouts welcomes a Royal Commission in Child Abuse
Scouts Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to establish a national Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia. Scouts will assist The Commission in whatever way possible. more