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Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training. Definition of Child Abuse. The idea of what child abuse is has expanded greatly in the last 25 years. We first thought of parents who battered their children, but now it is much broader. Parenting actions that cause harm or violates social norms are forms of abuse.

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Youth Protection Training

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  1. Youth Protection Training

  2. Definition of Child Abuse • The idea of what child abuse is has expanded greatly in the last 25 years. • We first thought of parents who battered their children, but now it is much broader. • Parenting actions that cause harm or violates social norms are forms of abuse. • It just simply is not the way children should be treated.

  3. 5 Point Plan for Youth Protection • Educating volunteers, parents, and participating youth to aid in the detection and prevention of abuse • Establishing leader-selection procedures to prevent offenders from entering Learning for Life leadership ranks • Establishing policies that create barriers to abuse within the program • Encouraging youth to report improper behavior in order to identify offenders quickly • Swift removal and reporting of alleged offenders

  4. Physical Abuse: Non- accidental bodily injury by a parent or other adult Neglect: Withholding life’s necessities from a child that is vital to the child’s safety, health, or well-being Sexual Abuse: Sexual activity where there is unusual power used such as age or size, or misuse of trust Emotional Abuse: Denigrating name calling that harms a child’s self image Four Kinds of Abuse

  5. Characteristics of Child Abuse • Child abuse is a cause of stress like other events in life such as a divorce, loss of a loved one, or family disruption or problems in school and can cause the same symptoms. • Reactions to child abuse can be excessive crying, clinging, aggressive behavior, withdrawal, or depression. • If any of these symptoms appear over a period of time, they must be looked into.

  6. Child Abuse • The thought of child abusers as dirty old men or guys in raincoats are not true. • Ordinary, well-respected people in positions of authority have been found to be child abusers. • Relatives, public officials, clergy, and teachers— both male and female—are examples of child abusers. • A child is more likely to be abused by somebody he or she knows or by someone in the family than by a stranger.

  7. Child Abusers • Child abusers tend to be individuals with low self-esteem. Their own needs are so overwhelming that they are poorly equipped to meet the needs of children. • Often abusive parents also abuse alcohol and drugs. • Abusive parents sometimes have unreal expectations for their children and malign them when they fail to meet expectations.

  8. Child Abuse • It is important for you to remember that any time abuse is suspected, your Scout Executive or designee must be contacted immediately.

  9. Date Rape • Date or acquaintance rape is a real concern for high school youth programs. • More than 50 percent of rape victims are adolescent females. • Their greatest risk is from social relationships with a boyfriend or date. • Date rape is a crime and must be dealt with just like other forms of abuse.

  10. Two-deep leadership: Two adult leaders—both at least 21 years of age—are required on all trips and outings. If male and female youth are present, 21 year old leaders of both sexes are required. There should be no one-on-one contact with youth except for authorized ride-along programs in Exploring . Separate (male/female) adult and youth sleeping facilities and bathrooms and showers on overnight activities are required. Youth Protection/Creating BarriersThe following policies have been adopted to guard against abuse and to give protection to the adult leaders:

  11. Youth Protection/Creating Barriers • Proper preparation, equipment, and safety procedures on high-adventure activities are required. • No secret organizations: Parents are always welcome. • Proper clothing is required according to activities. • Discipline should be constructive; corporal punishment is never permitted. • Hazing is prohibited. • Youth leadership is monitored, and guidance is given by adult leaders.

  12. Fraternization Policy • Because high school programs are designed for young adults, there are often little differences in the ages of the adult leaders and the participants. • It has been found that maintaining a close social relationship, such as dating, between adult leaders and youth participants is disruptive and, therefore, is not permitted.

  13. Don’t panic or overreact to the information just shared with you. Don’t criticize the youth for telling of the abuse. Don’t promise to keep it a secret; you are required to inform your youth agency staff, who will advise you on what to do. Do respect the youth’s privacy; take him or her to a place away from others to discuss the abuse. Do encourage the youth to tell the authorities; let him or her know he or she is not to blame. Do keep abuse confidential; don’t discuss with other post/group participants. DisclosureWhat if someone told you they were molested?

  14. Reporting Requirements • Reporting requirements are different in each state; know your state’s reporting requirements. • In some states youth care professionals are required to report abuse. • No state requires the person making the report to have proof, but that it be in good faith. • All states provide immunity from liability for those who report suspected child abuse. • As a volunteer, you are cautioned to refrain from investigating the abuse but leaving it to the professionals.

  15. Scout Executive Larry Pritchard • Office 585-241-8550 • Cell 585-734-5706 • Home 585-388-7494 • Director of Field Service Del Newquist • Office 585-241-8557

  16. Youth Protection Hotlines • Monroe County Child Abuse/Maltreatment Hotline • 585-461-5690 • New York State Hotline • 800-342-3720 • Website • www.DoRightByKids.org

  17. Youth serving agencies will not tolerate any form of child abuse in their programs and will take all necessary steps to remove offenders from participation.

  18. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS • David Finkelhor, Ph.D., director Family Research, University of New Hampshire • Dr. Janet Squires, chairman of general pediatrics Children’s Medical Center of Dallas • Richard Krugman, M.D., dean School of Medicine, University of Colorado • Dr. Anthony Urquiza, psychologist Child Protection Center, University of California • David Chadwick, M.D. (retired) Center for Child Protection, San Diego Children’s Hospital • Jim Chavis School social worker, Pittsburgh, PA • Dr. Anne Cohn Donnelly, D.P.H. Senior visiting scholar in nonprofit studies

  19. Youth Protection Training Certificate • Congratulations you have just completed Youth Protection Training • You may now complete the Certificate of Completion that was downloaded as a word document

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