scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Reporting standards for child abuse
Thu Mar 23 2000 - 15:54:43 CST
Subject: procedures for reporting
do the procedures for reporting child abuse vary from council to council?
If you report abuse/suspected abuse to the council executive, do you also
report to the state agency? (that varies from council to council also?)
I teach the YP stuff so often I can mouth the dialog along with ol' Cordelia.
(In the following, I assume that the abuse occurred within a Scouting
context, meaning it involves a Scouting youth OR a Scouter adult OR both.
Same thing for reporting, IMHO.)
1) The BSA POLICY (in bold, meaning no exceptions) is that abuse must be
reported to the Scout Exec. If it occurs away from your home area, you report
to the Scout Exec in that area as well as to your own back home. Abuse is
reported to the appropriate agency IN THE JURISDICTION WHERE IT OCCURS.
2) As to your reporting to other agencies, like Child Protective Services or
whatever it's called where you are, the answer does vary by jurisdiction.
In any case, you report to the Scout Exec and s/he reports to the appropriate
In some places, ANYONE with knowledge or suspicion is required to report to
the agency; if you live in a place like this, you report to your Scout Exec
AND the agency with jurisdiction.
In some places, SOME PEOPLE are mandatory reporters, meaning that as a
condition of their state licensure they are req'd to report abuse of
children, elders, MR people, etc-- these are people like (but not limited
to-- see your state's req's) MDs, RNs, LPNs, LICSWs, teachers & principals,
psychologists, licensed daycare providers.... you get the idea. AND the list
includes---- Scout Executives. If you live in a place like that AND you are a
mandatory reporter, you report to the Exec AND to the agency with
jurisdiction. If you are NOT a mandatory reporter, you report to the Scout
Exec and s/he reports to the agency.
It cannot be emphasized enough that the Scout Exec is the one who is trained
in this, has a relationship with the local authorities, and does any further
coordination with CPS. **You do not do any investigations, you don't talk it
over with your unit committee or CO first and see what they want you to do,
you don't make a decision on whether to report or not.** Your only obligation
is to report. In some jurisdictions you may be criminally or civilly liable
for not reporting.
If you haven't taken BSA Youth Protection Training recently, make sure your
Council Service center has a copy of the latest materials (for adults AND
youth--- the new Venturing training tapes are really excellent) and check
them out or arrange for a Council/District trainer to come and run the
training for you. And read in your Guide to Safe Scouting about it, too.
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
NSJ 1997 Nat'l Health & Safety and going in 01!
I useta be an Eagle...