Re: Youth Protection & Reporting
John Waidner (jtwaidner@IQUEST.NET)
Sun, 26 Mar 1995 23:34:00 EST
To add a bit of fuel to this fire I will quote you all the Youth Protection
Policy handout used at the Cub Basic Leader Training in Del-Mi District,
Crossroads Of America Council, Indianapolis, IN. I'm going to shorten this
somewhat for those of you (like myself!) with abreviated attention spans.
The emphasis is from the original. My copy is marked "Revised March 9,
1994"; I received it last fall at leader basic training.
You are a staff member or a volunteer Scout leader who has reason to believe
that a child is a victim of abouse or neglect, what should you do?
1) YOU MUST make an oral report to the designated professional Scouter for
your county IMMEDIATELY!!
2) The designee is: (names vs. counties). If neither designee is
available: (two names). The final back-up for everyone is (name).
3) The designee should (begin underline) immediately contract the Scout
Executive, (end underline) and if directed to, call the county child
protection service or the police department and report the apparent abuse or
4) The staff member or volunteer leader should remain in the room while the
report is being made by the designee or request (begin ul) same day (end ul)
confirmation from the designee that the report has been made. If a call is
not made by the designee for any reason, you are obligated to make it yourself.
5) THE STAFF MEMBER OR VOLUNTEER LEADER MUST WRITE A REPORT WITH SPECIFICS
AND GIVE TO DESIGNEE WITHIN 24 HOURS. THE DESIGNEE MUST IMMEDIATELY SUBMIT
A COPY TO THE SCOUT EXECUTIVE. (more names and telephone numbers)
PS. (begin bold) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE YOU TO CONDUCT AN
INVESTIGATION, OR ASK OTHERS TO LOOK INTO IT. CONFIDENTIALITY IS A MUST AS
WELL AS (begin ul) IMMEDIATE (end ul) REPORTING. WHEN IN DOUBT, REPORT!
So. Did you notice that notification of the civil authorities is a matter
for the SE to decide and then delegated back to the "designee" individual?
At no time is the "staff member or vulunteer leader" required to make a
report to the civil authorities. On the surface it sounds like a departure
from National policy. I think that I will be inquiring further on this
matter. I feel a bit exposed having my report (should it ever be necessary)
given to the police or Child Protection Services second hand. No doubt the
police or CPS would get around to me eventually, but I'd much prefer that it
was sooner rather than later. The only way I can assure that is to do it
myself first, then report through channels to the SE. I can't imagine that
BSA should have any problem at all with that approach.
CC, Pack 132
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City