scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: procedures for reporting
Wed Mar 22 2000 - 14:52:39 CST
I posed the 'mandatory reporting' question to my S-I-L
who works for the Dept. Human Services here in Iowa
...they don't put out a list of everyone who is a mandatory
reporter they just group them under a category of six fields.
Those being medicine, social work, child care, mental health,
education and law enforcement. So if you fall under one of
these then you would be. Also if you are expected to be a
mandatory reporter in that role then you should have had to
take a 2 hour mandatory reporter training that we do.
I don't see that Scout Leaders, youth sport coaches, etc.
would fit into any of the categories above. I am sure that
we still would have a moral duty to 'report' our "suspicions"
to the appropriate authority. Which each of us would have
to decide is a professional Scouter, or someone beyond
that. If I saw no results from a report to a pro Scouter, I
would quickly follow that up with further 'reporting'.
And as Fred stated, I would think we would just report
observations, not make accusations.
Pack # 40 // Troop # 42
Des Moines, Iowa
> From: Fred Heilbrunn <Lilchpn125@AOL.COM>
> Subject: Re: procedures for reporting
> Procedures for reporting abuse vary from state to state in accordance
> local laws.
> Here in Washington, where you and I live, it is sufficient for the
> to report suspicions to the professional Scouters, who then have the
> obligation to pursue it with law enforcement agencies.
> We are obligated to report because we work directly with youth, but we
> also insulated legally from making direct accusations because we are
> citizens; it is sufficient that we report our observations and let those
> better qualified determine if there are grounds for legal action.
> Yours in Scouting,
> Fred Heilbrunn