Youth Protection Policies

Youth Protection Reporting Procedures for Volunteers

BSA Youth Protection Policies

There are two types of Youth Protection–related reporting procedures all volunteers must follow:

  • When you witness or suspect any child has been abused or neglected — See “Mandatory Report of Child Abuse” below.
  • When you witness a violation of the BSA's Youth Protection policies — See “Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies”below.

Mandatory Report of Child Abuse

All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good-faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation, including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. You may not abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.

Emergency Youth Protection Hotline 1-800-953-6727