Child Abuse Reporting Procedures

Protecting our youth is at the center of everything we do in Scouting. Here are links to the official BSA Youth Protection Training in English and Spanish as well as the same for the Venturing program.

 

Child Abuse Reporting Procedures And Contact Information 

Reports of child abuse may come in many forms. They may be in the form of conversation, phone calls or letters (either anonymous or with the person making the report identified).

 Reporting Procedure:
  1. All persons involved in Scouting must report to local law enforcement authorities-without undue delay-any good faith suspicion or belief that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect.
  2. Additionally, if a person, including an member of camp staff, a camp counselor, or camp director has cause to believe an incident of abuse or neglect of a child at a camp in the state of Texas, they shall immediately report to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission Office of the Inspector General via fax at 1-512-833-6493 or online at https://oig.hhsc.state.tx.us/Fraud_Report_Home.aspx .
  3. Contact Council Scout Executive, Manuel Ramos, immediately to inform him of any report to authorities that relates to suspected abuse in the Scouting program. In addition, you are responsible for informing the council of any violation of BSA’s youth protection policies so that appropriate action may be taken.

Failure to Report: It is the law in Texas that suspected abuse or neglect of a child must be reported. Failure to do so is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment or both.

Contact Information:

Manuel Ramos, Scout Executive: Office: (361) 814-4300 ext.111; Cell: (361) 816-3825;

If he is not available, contact:

Martin Sepulveda, Assistant Scout Executive: Office: 1-361-814-4300 ext. 118; Cell: (361)816-3845

 

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