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.
Steps to Reporting Child Abuse
1. Ensure the child is in a safe environment.
2. In cases of child abuse or medical emergencies, call 911 immediately. In addition, if the suspected abuse is in the Scout’s home or
family, you are required to contact one of the following:
For Missouri: Department of Social Services, Children’s Division Child Abuse Hotline at 800-392-3738
For Kansas: Social and Rehabilitation Service Child Abuse Hotline at 800-922-5330
3. Notify the Scout executive or his designee. (See contact names/numbers below.) If they cannot be reached call the 24/7 Scouts First Helpline at 1-844-726-8871 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.