In an effort to further protect children enrolled in their program from the dangers of child abuse, The Boy Scouts of America is tightening its policies requiring further mandatory online education programs for all volunteers and professionals through their new updated Youth Protection Course. Even leaders who have completed previous training must enroll in the hour-long course, which includes research from top experts in the field. The topics addressed in this new training includes bullying, neglect, and abuse. All new registered scout leaders (volunteers and professionals) are not eligible for registration until they complete the required course.
Additionally, beginning June 1, 2018, all adults who participate in Boy Scout of America activities for 72 hours or more, including parents and merit badge counselors, must register as volunteers and complete a background check and Youth Protection training. These new requirements apply to all packs, troops, and posts. These individuals must complete training before they are eligible to recharter.
In addition to revised new training and mandatory testing, The Youth Protection Course now includes personal testimonial videos from past abuse survivors and interviews with both psychologists and law enforcement professionals. These very important videos cite techniques to detect potential abuse as well as proper steps to respond to situations which may be deemed to be potential abuse.
Unfortunately, despite the training and awareness brought about by trial lawyers, public opinion, and newspapers, the Boy Scouts still remain an institution where the potential for childhood sexual abuse exists. Statistically, the amount of abuse in the Scouts has decreased for a number of reasons. However, no amount of training can successfully deter predators from encountering young victims. If you learn of abuse the most important thing to do is notify persons in a supervisory role and always contact local law enforcement. If you have any questions about what procedures to follow, contact the Reinken Law Firm and we will assist you.
Call the Reinken Law Firm in Connecticut to consult with attorneys who have years of practice specializing in sexual abuse cases involving the Boy Scouts, clergy, schools or any other institution where the potential for child sexual abuse exists. Regardless of when the incident occurred, the statute of limitations will not run out if the child was under 18 at the time of the abuse. Connecticut law provides that an abuse victim may sue the institution until the victim reaches the age of 48. Call 203-541-0090 or 800-987-8780 so that we can help you get justice for your child and family and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. Attorney Reinken will meet with you personally and assist you in your journey to recover from the horrors of abuse.