As a youth organisation with a membership of 65,000 spread across a wide age range of youth, Scouts Australia believe that this issue of bullying needs to be addressed at a policy level and at a program and youth enactment level. Training adult leaders and youth leaders at every sectional level of Scouting will mean that our members begin to understand issues related to bullying and harassment and that adults as well as youth have the skills and strategies to address these issues. In some cases it will be necessary to call on skilled professionals and teams to provide knowledge about the varied aspects of this issue in order to embed the concepts into youth programs, training schemes and the award scheme.
Scouts Australia does not condone any form of bulling or harassment in any section or between any individuals or groups of individuals. Scouts have a zero tolerance of bullying.
Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. The outcome being that it causes fear or an individual and group to feel uncomfortable.
Youth feel bullied at vulnerable times in their social and physical development. Recognising the roles of victim, bystander and bully and taking on training to help educate the scouting community to become more resilient and respectful of all people is the responsibility of individuals, patrols/ units/ crews, groups, districts, regions and Branches.
By recognising and discouraging bullying and implementing anti bullying practices into programs for youth, every individual, parent and community member will understand that the organisation takes bullying seriously and will act on those who do not uphold the Scout Promise and Law.
Members should view their section of the web page and be able to discuss and explain the importance of respect and positive relationships as they apply to their age group, e.g. a Cub Scout will know what it is to be friendly and helpful to others. Each Branch has Grievance Procedures in place should these need to be followed. Trained professionals are available to assist any Scouting members at a local level.
It is proposed that the policy be reviewed every three years.