Re: Child killings - Scotland
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 21:35:20 +0000
I was asked to comment on this , and I have already posted to the list.
As a former Group Scout Leader. District Secretary and Appointments
Committee Chairman I have been involved in most aspects of Leader appointment
and in the implementation of our investigation and youth protection
procedures. However, I will limit myself to saying that <everyone> who
gets involved with Scouting , and that includes parent volunteers on
camping trips , gets checked. So if you go away for one campout with
your kid and the troop you fill in a form and it gets processed.
Leaders have to be interviewed at unit level , then provide local
references which are followed up by the District Appointments Committee.
Then the Leader is interviewed by the DC or an Assistant District
Commissioner, and separately by a district panel, the District
Appointments Sub-Committee of the District Executive Committee. Certainly
at the time when I chaired our local Apointments Committee it was
fairly thorough and lasted about forty minutes to interview
each candidate. Then there would be a few weeks from the time when the
appointment was approved to when the leader warrant or instructor
certificate was issued ... and at any point during that period the
appointment could be cancelled.
That much is available from the published guidance , but readers will
understand if I do not elaborate any more.
The Scout Association tries to have a very tight selection procedure
in order to prevent undesirable having access to young people. But as I
said elsewhere , there are other organisations that do not have such
standards, and there is nothing to stop any individual just setting up a
youth group at present , although this may change.
Views are my own , I do not speak for The Scout Association nor any Scout
Ian N Ford
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City