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Scouts Australia Code of Conduct


The basis of Adult conduct is the Scout Promise and the Scout Law.

The purpose of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of
young people. This is achieved by the example and guidance of dedicated men and women who help the youth
members in the fulfillment of the Scout Promise and Law, so that they become constructive and responsible citizens. It
is expected that this Code of Conduct will be strictly observed by all adults, uniformed and layside, who work within
the Scout Association, recognizing that at all times they should act responsibly and exercise a “duty of care” to the
youth members. The fundamental principles, upon which stands our Code of Conduct, are -

  • Adults in Scouting respect the dignity of themselves and others.
  • Adults in Scouting demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility, recognizing at all times that their
    words and actions are an example to other members of the Movement.
  • Adults in Scouting act at all times in accordance with Scouting principles, thereby setting a suitable example
    for all.
  • Adults in Scouting do not use the Movement to promote their own beliefs, behaviors or practices where these
    are not compatible with Scouting principles.
  • Adults in Scouting act with consideration and good judgment in all interpersonal relationships both inside and
    outside Scouting.
  • Adults in Scouting respect everyone’s right to personal privacy at all times. They take special care where
    sleeping, changing of clothing, bathing and ablutions are associated with any Scouting activity.
  • Adults in Scouting avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with youth members wherever possible.
  • Adults in Scouting for their own protection, should avoid potentially compromising situations by ensuring,
    where reasonably possible, that at least two adults are in attendance whilst supervising and/or accompanying
    youth members. It is recognised that, in certain circumstances, it may be necessary for a Leader or adult,
    whilst acting responsibly and exercising their “duty of care”, to be alone with a youth member.
  • Adults in Scouting realise that bullying, physical or verbal abuse, neglect or any other type of abuse, is
    unacceptable conduct by any member of the Movement.
  • Adults in Scouting must report any conduct seen or heard that does not comply with this Code of Conduct.
  • All Adults in Scouting are required to abide by the policies of Scouts Australia.
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