Protecting Our Youth with Mandatory Training
What Do I Do If I Suspect Abuse?
- Ensure the child is in a safe environment.
- Child abuse or medical emergencies? Call 911. Contact the Indiana Child Protective Services at 800‑800‑5556 if abuse is in the home or family.
- Notify the Deputy Scout Executive at 317‑813‑7099.
Questions? Call the Scouts First Helpline at 844‑726‑8871 or our office at 317‑813‑7125.
Mandatory Youth Protection Training
Effective Feb 1, 2018 (even if you have completed the older version recently)
Over the past two years, Boy Scouts of America has worked with experts in the field of child abuse, child sexual abuse and maltreatment to develop new training and resources that will further strengthen our ability to protect youth. These changes include:
- Fully updated and revised Youth Protection Training (YPT) developed with leaders in the field of child abuse prevention and includes insights from experts, survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection training for all adults.
- Expanded youth protection content across all our communications channels will inform and engage our volunteers and parents.
- An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
- The BSA also provides unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.
- Youth protection training for youth members will be available in 2019.
The Boy Scouts of America’s updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. Other adults participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this 90 minutes online training.
The mandatory training modules are the following:
- Overview and Policies
- Sexual Abuse
The prior version of BSA’s Youth Protection trainings will no longer be available. The updated training replaces other Youth Protection trainings and is required for all BSA programs. Go to my.scouting.org to take the training.
Know the Facts
The BSA and Crossroads of America Council maintain steadfast support for victims of abuse. One instance of abuse is one too many.
Strict Safe Scouting policies are in place and all suspected instances of abuse are reported to law enforcement.
In 1987, the BSA’s two-deep leadership policy was implemented.
The BSA designated all volunteers as mandatory reporters in 2011, requiring all suspected abuse to be reported to authorities.
In 2013, the BSA went back decades and retroactively reported any instances of abuse to law enforcement when the “Ineligible Volunteer” (IV) file was unclear whether it had been reported previously.
BSA’s Youth Protection Training is available to non-members, but registration is required.
The Crossroads of America Council will continue to do what we do best – deliver a safe and high quality Scouting experience for more than 35,000 Scouts and their families.
Scouting is safe. After a full review of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) policies and files, Dr. Janet Warren concluded that youth are safer in Scouting than elsewhere in society.