Re: Youth Protection Training questions
Brian Davis (brian@SETON.COR.NET)
Sun, 19 Mar 1995 22:15:16 +0000
On Sat, 18 Mar 1995, Paul H. Brown wrote:
> I haven't heard anything about having a second adult "witness" the
> discussion. Lots of conversations take place between leaders and scouts;
> the leader should be within sight but not within hearing of others.
Two deep leadership requires that adults always remain within eyesight of
other adults. Always. You are correct that you may talk out of earshot
of other adults, but never out of sight.
> When GW District gave me YPT last fall, I specifically remember that the
> ONLY person to whom I was to report abuse was to the DE. NOT to the civil
> authorities, NOT to the parents, NOT to the COR or anyone else. The DE
> was to take it from there.
The national policy guidelines state that SE's may not delegate this
authority, at least as of my last reading of them. There has been a good
bit of discussion about this, and it would apear that some SE's have
indeed delegated this authority out to DE's. This is a bad thing. It
would appear that even after all these years and hard won lessons, that
many SE's still haven't gotten the YPP message.
> Dunno what my obligations are under VA law to report to the cops. Anyone
> know? Mike Bowman?
This varies widely from state to state, but in general you have a legal
responsibility to report suspected abuse to the proper authorities.
Authorities are defined explicitly by some states, others less so.
Usually, they include the local version of child welfare authorites (DHS
in Texas), law enforcement officials, and officers of the court. In
Texas, the Atty. Generals office has stated that the SE constituted
proper authority, since he was *solely* responsible to his organization
to report all instances as related to him by members of his
organization. If you have specific questions, you should refer them to
your local Council Atty.
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