scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Subject: procedures for reporting
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr (hammonddL@USWEST.NET
Thu Mar 23 2000 - 19:14:46 CST
Youth Protection Questions always get me excited.
Bob Taylor asked:
"do the procedures for reporting child abuse vary from
council to council?
If you report abuse/syuspected abuse to the council
executive, do you also
report to the state agency? (that varies from council to
The first question. They shouldn't, but they might. They
haven't in the three councils where I have dealt with Youth
Protection Training. The procedure has been consistent;
call the Scout Executive, tell him what you know and let him
take it from there. LDS units are required to report
incidents through their bishops (I think that's correct),
and the bishops will report to the Scout Executive (local
details may vary, but that's the general procedure).
The second question. You shouldn't have to, unless....
Some Scouters in their professional lives are required by
their respectives state laws and statutes to report
suspected incidents to the proper law enforcement and/or
social services agencies. Examples of these professions
tend to be teachers, police officers, doctors, nurses and
other health care providers, etc.
You should know if you're in one of those categories.
Otherwise as a Scouter, once you report it to your Scout
Executive (or bishop in LDS units) your role should
effectively be over. We don't investigate, interview, or
otherwise try to intercede. As Scouters we report and let
the appropriate authorities sort out the rest.
Yours in ScOUTing,
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr.
CM Pack 225 and Black Hills District Committee
I used to be an Owl (W-CS-44) Working my Ticket (I just
mailed my last two ticket items!)
I have come to realize that there are two types of adults
involved in Scouts!
Those that act...
And those who find all the time in the world to drop off
their Scout for a meeting or camp!