Re: Day One Story -- a very brief synopsis
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 21 Jun 1993 09:55:36 CDT
> ALL trained leaders view the video as part of their formal basic training,
> but HERE in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area they are testing a NEW mandatory
> 2 hour course! It is SEPARATE from basic training and ALL leaders have to
> have this new CERTIFICATION before they can be allowed to have close contact
> with children -------
> Gina Gestautas
This course was orginally written in 1987 (a 2 hour course with "breaks" for
discussion) when the Youth Protection program was introduced across the
country; it has been updated twice that I know about, the most recent one year
ago (I have the sylabus) and it has always been a national program. Northeast
Illinois Council has had this course in place (with the most recent updates of
1992) since that time.
Their council computers have a file that RECORDS attendance to the mandatory
session, and which all registered adults most attend. There has also been for
the past two years a video for the boys to see (with the permission of their
parents) that is very clear and understandable.
Youth Protection has been (and in recent years) continues to be tightened and
strengthened. In councils that comply with national (like Northeast Ill as in
this case ) and it's the training program; reporting system; admisitration
system; and careful follow up on calling the references, pedofiles or any
abuser (even physical and mental abuse) would find it difficult.
No -- no program can absolutely PREVENT such abusers, they are our fathers,
mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, etc. They are often family members.
However, one small point: since the beginning of our movement in 1910 we (the
volunteer adults) have had the charge of the safety of our children, that means
we have also had the responsibility of reporting any suspected or known abuse.
The biggest difference now, is we actually have a system in place to report it
without worry about retaliation. Also, there has always existed the chance tht
some young boy who decides (for his own reasons) not to like an adult in our
program, and reports (falsely) that he has been abused in any way, that leader
is checked, rechecked, and watched, and removed it needed. This could
seriously endanger our reputation as individuals, and thus we must continue our
charge to teach, train, and get the information into our scouting families.
The kids are in danger - that is one of our duties -- to protect them when
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