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2016 Adult Recognition Awards Print E-mail

Three Hundred and twenty seven Adult Members of Scouts Australia, New South Wales, were honoured by the Chief Scout of Australia, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) in the annual Adult Recognition Awards for good service, part of The Scout Association's observance of the founding of Scouting at the first Scout Camp held at Brownsea Island in the UK on 1 August 1907.

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Board Announces Appointment of New Scouts Australia NSW Chief Commissioner Print E-mail

The Chief Scout of Australia has appointed Mr. Neville Tomkins OAM Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia NSW. His appointment commences on 1 August 2016.

Neville brings considerable depth of Scouting experience to the role.

He held the role of Chief Commissioner of the ACT Branch for nine years and for the last six years has been the International Commissioner for Scouts Australia.

In 2010, Neville received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the community, particularly his youth leadership roles in the Scouting movement and in 2015 was awarded the Silver Koala.

Until recently, Neville was a First Assistant Secretary with the Department of Defence and served in the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service for 25 years.

Congratulations Neville!  Stayed tuned for more information about Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner.

 
ScoutLink Update July 2016 Print E-mail

Automated e-mails

For Group Leaders: When a Youth Member is transferred into your Group, you will receive an e-mail notifying you of the pending transfer. When you next log in to ScoutLink, you’ll be able to Accept or Reject the transfer.

For Parents: When your child is transferred to a new Group, an email will be sent to the email address on your child’s records. You will receive the following e-mails:

  • If the “Transfer To” Group is known, you will be notified once the transfer has been accepted by the destination Group
  • If the “Transfer To” Group has not been indicated, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to indicate your intended Group, or whether you would like to resign. The email provides you with a contact email address to provide those details to.
  • After 6 months, the Youth appointment will be resigned and you will receive a ‘Termination of Appointment” email.

Email My Invoice

As a Group Leader / Formation Administration Officer, you can now have your quarterly invoice emailed to you when it is generated.

Go to your Formation Summary, and scroll down to ‘Account Details’. Select the ‘Edit’ button  and once the pop-up opens up, go to the ‘Other’ tab and select ‘Email Invoice’ as indicated below.

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Please note that the Invoice will only be sent to you once at the time it is generated – on 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October respectively. 

 
Andrew Smith Newly Appointed General Manager of Scouts NSW Print E-mail

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Andrew Smith was welcomed to the Scouts NSW family on 9 May by former Acting Chief Executive Rosalie Batistoni. Concurrent with his appointment the Scouts NSW Board has changed the title of the position from Chief Executive to General Manager.  

Andrew joins Scouts from a 36 year distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy.  His naval service included three operational deployments to the Middle East and exchange postings to the United Kingdom and United States.  

Andrew has held a number of recent senior executive positions in Defence in General Management, IT Program Management and Logistics. He is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has MBA, MSci and BComm degree qualifications. 

He has a passion for outdoor pursuits and the opportunities these provide for youth development. He is looking forward to meeting with as many of our Members as possible - please give him a warm Scout welcome.

 
Expression of Interest - Kym the NSW Mascot Print E-mail

Kym, the NSW Mascot will be available to hire by Scout Groups, Districts and Regions for promotional events.

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The hire documentation is being reviewed - if your Group, District or Region is interested, please fill in the Expression of interest Form below and we will contact you once the forms are available.

 

Expression of Interest for Kym the NSW Mascot
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PLEASE NOTE: This Expression of Interest does not confirm your booking. This can only be confirmed after the hire forms are finished and sent to you to fill in.

 
Scouts Australia NSW Social Media Guidelines Print E-mail

Social Media

One of the most common and powerful methods of communicating with youth members and leaders is through social media platforms.  Scouts Australia NSW has a guideline for the use of social media on their website and all leaders, youth members and parents should be familiar with it. The guideline can be accessed on http://www.nsw.scouts.com.au/images/stories/Social_Media_Guidelines.pdf.

Scouts Australia NSW has an official Facebook page, and various Scout Groups and Regions also have a Facebook page. Scouts Australia NSW supports these methods of communication but expects its members to use social media in a responsible way and in accordance with all policies and the Code of Conduct.

Tips to remember when using or creating social media platforms

  •          Facebook requires all users to be at least 13 years of age.
  •          Parents should be informed if Youth Members are being encouraged to connect with a Scouts Facebook page.
  •          There should be at least two adult administrators who have access to the login, password, and facilitation of the account.
  •          Members should never give out personal information about Members to anyone on Facebook.

Two deep leadership also applies to social media.

Adult Members should not engage in one-on-one discussions with young people online or via telephone, for example through emails or Facebook messaging, instant chatting, Skyping, texting or telephone conversations. This is the same as going into a private room with a young person and closing the door. All electronic communication between adult Members and Youth Members should be public (e.g. the Facebook walls of a Scout Group or Section). If a circumstance does arise where an adult Member needs to communicate with a Youth Member electronically, the communication should always include at least one other adult Member or parent.

 Scouts Australia NSW strongly recommends that adult Members not be Facebook friends with Youth Members.[1]

 

Regional Member Support Person

A Members Support Leader backs up the Region Commissioner and can assist the Region, Group or individual Leader. They have varied skills gained from personal experience along with Scouting skills built up through training and working directly with the State Members Support Team.

The NSW State Members Support team strongly encourage Regions to appoint someone in to this role. They become a valuable asset to the Region Commissioner and great support to the Region.

For further information, please contact NSW State Commissioner or Assistant State Commissioner for Member support.

David Marston and Jill Pretty Your State Members Support Team

Contact via the state Office 029735 9000 or David 0420 305 515


[1] Scouts Australia NSW guidelines Social Media

 
Scouts Australia NSW appeared before the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Print E-mail

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Letter from the Chief Commissioner – Royal Commission Releases First Case Study Report Print E-mail

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 Children’s 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 1990's, the Royal Commission’s Report found that we did not have an adequate system in place.  Scouts agree with the Report’s findings in this regard.

As noted in the Report, Scouts changed its procedures and by 2000 the Scouts’ 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.

 

 
Royal Commission has Scouts Australia's full support Print E-mail

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.

The six commissioners provide the necessary diversity of experience to deliver a meaningful and thorough approach to achieving the Royal Commission Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's objective - to effect national changes to the systems which protect children.

Scouts Australia has zero-tolerance for abuse of any kind, and we will work closely with the Commission to share all records and information in order to achieve this crucial objective.

Scouts Australia has established the Royal Commission Advisory Committee, led by Chief Commissioner Reg Williams, that includes representatives from Scouts' youth, state and territory leadership. For more information please click here.

 
Scouts Welcomes Royal Commission in Child Abuse Print E-mail

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.

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