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We Lead the Way in Claims Against the Scouts Australia
If you or a member of you family was abused by someone from the Scouts then contact us for a consultation.
Criticism at the Royal Commission
Scouts NSW was one of the first institutions to appear before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, with senior members of the organisation called to give evidence about improvements in child safety.
The Scouting movement has a "long history" of child sex abuse allegations and a lot of work to do to effectively respond to victims, the royal commission heard.
"It would seem that there is still work to be done in your organisation - probably quite a lot - to bring an effective national response to these problems," Justice McClellan said.
The inquiry was told Scouts NSW adopted a new child protection policy in 2014 and Scouts Australia has developed a national child protection policy that was approved last month.
The reforms came after the commission heard the organisation failed to take effective action against former Scout leader Steven Larkins despite a number of complaints about his behaviour with children in the 1990s.
Chief commissioner of the Scout Association of Australia NSW branch Neville Tomkins told the inquiry the loopholes that enabled Larkins to abuse boys have been closed.
"We have not only addressed those issues that allowed an individual to perpetrate hideous sins ... but also put in place a new child protection environment," he said.
The 2015 Scouts Australia NSW Annual Report indicated that there were 14,018 youth members of Scouts Australia in NSW and 4,237 adult members. Scouts Australia NSW branch has 464 registered Scout Groups administered through 66 Districts in 10 Regions and operates programs for all of Scouts Australia youth sections of Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers.
How can we help
We act for many adults who were sexually abused at Scouts.
We understand the complexities of these claims and the particularly complicated insurance history of many of the Scout Groups in Australia to enable us to the best results.
Remember, most of today's successful claims arise from abuse that occurred over 20 and 40 years ago.
Know your rights in relation to:
- reporting matters to the police; and
- making claims against the Scouts.
We generally are able to give you preliminary advice within 48 hours and we assist with claims in any State or Territory in Australia.
We have represented for over 2,500 survivors of sexual abuse over the past 15 years.
We have a proud history of fighting for those people and getting them justice.