Camp Staff Youth Protection Camp Staff Youth Protection Training Session Objectives вЂў Define the importance of the BSAвЂ™s Youth Protection program. вЂў Explain the session for Youth Protection camp staff training. вЂў Recognize the two types of youth protectionrelated reporting: вЂ“ Incidents of suspected child abuse вЂ“ Violations of ScoutingвЂ™s Barriers to Abuse Camp Staff Youth Protection Training Session Objectives вЂў Explain how to respond to and report suspected child abuse. вЂў Explain the BSA Youth Protection policies related to a camping situation. вЂў List the barriers to abuse that help protect youth. Overview of BSA Youth Protection The BSAвЂ™s Youth Protection program is designed to reduce opportunities for the abuse of youth in the Scouting environment. Your role as camp leaders: вЂў Ensure staff training. вЂў Ensure staff vigilance. вЂў Ensure a safe environment for everyone. Youth Protection Begins With Youв„ў вЂў Position statement вЂ“ Youth protection is most effective when everyone is aware and involved. вЂў Please understand: вЂ“ Child molesters violate the core values and programs of Scouting, i.e., fun, bonding, leadership, challenges, advancement, and competition, to manipulate youth. Youth Protection Begins With Youв„ў вЂў Program framework вЂ“ Volunteers and leaders who create a culture of awareness and safety вЂ“ Parents who monitor and participate вЂ“ Scouting professionals who increase the awareness of the BSAвЂ™s policies вЂ“ Anyone who becomes aware of possible abuse Review of Practices вЂў Mandatory reporting action plan вЂ“ Stop the abuse immediately. вЂ“ Separate the parties involved. вЂў If the abuse is adult on youth, require the adult to leave the location. вЂў If the abuse is youth on another youth, separate the offender from the group while maintaining adequate supervision. Review of Practices вЂ“ Know after-hours reporting at camp. вЂ“ Request any assistance you need. вЂ“ Notify the proper authorities. If the activity is criminal or requires medical assistance, call 911 immediately. вЂ“ Contact the Scout executive or camp director immediately. Your Scout executive or camp director will provide information for response notifications. ScoutingвЂ™s Barriers to Abuse вЂў A minimum of two-deep leadership is required on all outings. Applies to social media as well. вЂў One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. вЂў Separate accommodations for adults and Scouts are required. вЂў Privacy of youth must be respected. вЂў Inappropriate use of cameras, imaging, or digital devices is prohibited. вЂў No secret organizations. ScoutingвЂ™s Barriers to Abuse вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў No hazing. No bullying. Youth leadership is monitored by adult leaders. Discipline must be constructive. Appropriate attire for all activities is required. Members are responsible to act according to the Scout Oath and Scout Law. вЂў Units are responsible to enforce Youth Protection policies. вЂў Reporting is mandatory. ScoutingвЂ™s Barriers to Abuse вЂў Social media guidelines вЂ“ www.scouting.org/Marketing/Resources/SocialMedia.aspx вЂў Camp staff conduct guidelines Acceptable: - Shake hands. - Pat a boy on the back. - Give a high-five. - Touch when demonstrating or teaching a skill, such as first aid, or when taking action to prevent an accident. Unacceptable: - Give long hugs or initiate frontal hugs. - Give massages. - Engage in wrestling or other physical horseplay. - Give pats on the buttocks. - Administer corporal punishment. - Play favorites. Additional Concerns: Youth on Youth, Bullying, Grooming вЂў Youth on youth вЂ“ Approximately one-third of sexual molestation occurs at the hands of older youth. вЂ“ Youth in leadership positions might manipulate the target victim. Youth-on-Youth Points of Information вЂў For the majority of behavioral and clinically diagnosed pedophiles, pedophilia begins in adolescence. вЂў Victims of adolescent pedophiles are most often 4 to 6 years of age or younger. вЂў Siblings, younger youth, or less cognitively astute youth are typically target victims. Youth-on-Youth Points of Information вЂў Youth-on-youth sexual behavior is by far the most underreported type of sexual victimization, yet when properly responded to holds the most corrective and rehabilitative value. вЂў Youth engage in a range of behaviors for a host of reasonsвЂ”normal development curiosity, exposure to media, witnessing sexual behavior, and/or experiencing abuse. Bullying вЂў The bully often will threaten reprisal for telling or exclusion from a group activity. вЂў Victims may think adults wonвЂ™t or canвЂ™t help them, or they may feel ashamed for not defending themselves. вЂў Bullying is not a rite of passage, and under no circumstances is it allowed in any Scouting activity. Bullying вЂў The fear and anxiety of bullying causes youth to not only avoid bullies, but also to avoid the places where they hang out, which may include Scouting activities. вЂў To reduce the likelihood of bullying at summer camp, camp staff members should set a positive example and create an anti-bullying culture throughout all program areas. What Is Grooming? вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Preparing a target victim for molestation Gauging a childвЂ™s response and likelihood to tell Gauging a childвЂ™s vulnerability to words and touch Getting a child used to intimate interactions Desensitizing or increasing a childвЂ™s comfort level with inappropriate behavior вЂў Accidental on-purpose exposure вЂў Accidental on-purpose fondling вЂў Assesses vulnerability, i.e., single-parent home Grooming the Target Victim вЂў Encourages rebelliousness вЂў Encourages вЂњourвЂќ secrecy maintenance вЂў Will create tension with BSA Youth Protection policies and barriers вЂў Will nurture tension with authority figures вЂў Provides вЂњtabooвЂќ access to victims вЂў Manipulates with gifts, words, and deeds вЂў Methodical, continuous assault on the target victimвЂ™s sense of safety and boundaries Takeaways вЂў Youth protection is an important part of staff training and everyday life at camp. вЂў It is important that all staff members know the BSAвЂ™s policy on youth protection, as well as specific policies for their council. вЂў Every member of the BSA must take Youth Protection training using the online training course at www.MyScouting.org or leaderfacilitated training.