Age-appropriate counseling aims to help young people know how to safely seek help in a variety of situations, including when facing abuse from a family member, a trusted adult or other young person. These topics are of critical importance given that more than a third of all sexual offenses against young people reported to police are committed by another young person, according to the US Department of Justice.
“We are committed to ensuring the right of every child to a normal, safe, healthy and secure life,” said John Thoresen, Director and CEO of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center. “We do this by providing the tools and resources necessary to identify, prevent and report dangerous situations. This new series of personal safety awareness videos with BSA goes a long way towards achieving this goal by providing those involved in Scouting, and all minors, with these resources to create safer and healthier lives. ”
This new series marks the second phase of the partnership between the two organizations, which began in 2019 when BSA expanded access to the center Protect yourself Rules video series by integrating it into the existing program and making it available to over one million Cubs (ages 5-10) and their parents. In a recent survey, nearly 93% of Cub parents who used the videos said the resources helped them have a conversation with their child about how to protect themselves.
“We are committed to constantly improving our youth protection efforts and being part of a larger solution to end child abuse,” said Roger mosby, Executive Leader of the Boy Scouts, President and CEO of the Boy Scouts of America. “Partnering with the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center to expand the animated video series is the latest step in our ongoing efforts to protect young people – in Scouting and everywhere else. ”
In addition to Protect yourself Rules series of videos, which is available on Scouting.org for young people aged 5-10 and now adolescents aged 14-17, BSA offers educational content for young people aged 11-13 as well as guarantees multilevel and expertly informed in place to help prevent abuse in all age groups. These guarantees include: mandatory youth protection training for all volunteers and staff; a leadership policy that requires at least two adults trained in child protection to be present with young people at all times during Scouting activities and prohibits one-on-one situations where adults would have any interaction alone with children children – in person, online or by phone or text; a thorough selection process for adult leaders and staff, including criminal background checks; a ban on the use of recording devices / cell phones near bathrooms and shower stalls; and mandatory and prompt reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse to law enforcement. More information on BSA’s youth safety measures is available at Scouting.org/YouthSafety.
About the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center
Founded in 1986 by Barbara and Frank Sinatra, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center is dedicated to ensuring the right of every child to a normal, healthy and safe childhood. Since its inception, around 23,000 children have received outpatient mental health and counseling services at the center. The Center offers individual, group and family therapy as well as special programs that address issues associated with children who suffer from the effects of child abuse and neglect. It is estimated that 700 children are counseled each year on an outpatient basis, and no child is ever refused due to a family’s inability to pay. For more information visit: BarbaraSinatraChildrensCenter.org. The animated video series, funded by the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation, reached over 100 million children worldwide and generated over 37 million individual and group views on YouTube throughout. United States and abroad.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America offers the nation’s premier youth character development and values-based leadership program that helps young people be “Prepared.” For Life.® ”The Scout organization is made up of over one million young members (ages 5-17), participants (ages 17-21) and adult volunteers in local councils throughout long United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.
SOURCE The Boy Scouts of America and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center