National has updated their Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse document for the start of the new year.
It’s a sad truth that some individuals involved in Scouting have used their position to betray the trust of youth in our program. That’s damage that is really hard to fix.
Youth Protection rules help to protect our youth, but they also help to protect our leaders by helping reduce the type of environment in which gray area behavior might happen. This includes not just sexual misconduct, but potential physical and verbal abuse, hazing and bullying incidents as well. After all, Scouting should be a safe place for all youth participants to grow.
Unit leaders should check for Youth Protection Training and encourage all adults who work with their unit have completed the online training. This is a big part of our Journey To Excellence scoring, and having a fully trained adult volunteer staff is a good thing. It’s also not a bad idea to get into the habit of reviewing the Barriers to Abuse – while many volunteers have taken the training, sometimes some of the individual points get lost over time.
Thank you for all that you do for Scouting and helping to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all who come into our trust.
- Stop the policy violation or abuse.
- Protect the youth.
- Separate alleged victim from alleged perpetrator.
- Summon needed assistance (911, EMS, additional leaders, etc.).
- Notify parents.
- Notify the appropriate Scouting professional.