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April 2017 is Youth Protection Month

Presented by the REC Council’s Risk Management Committee 

Written by Duncan Flett – ERM Chair 

 

Not that we don’t take Youth Protection seriously every day at the Redwood Empire Council, but April has traditionally been Youth Protection month, which aligns itself with National Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

In 2016, along with the New edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, there were some updates and enhancements to Youth Protection.  There is an entirely “New” chapter 13 in the handbook titled “Personal Safety Awareness” with includes information on child abuse, neglect, bullying and hazing, and staying safe online. Additionally, there is an improved Parents Guide to protecting children, which talks about the Cyber Chip program, which is now “required” learning for the Scout and Star rank. 

Remember, the BSA ranks Youth Protection as one its highest priorities, to ensure we are providing our youth “the most secure environment possible.”  That is why our Council will not accept a Units Re-charter application with Leaders/registered Adults who do not have current Youth Protection on file.   

 

For more information, go to these links:

 

http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspxExternal Link

 

http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2016/04/06/7-ways-recognize-youth-protection-month-april/External Link

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