Safe From Harm #3:

Situations to be aware of

Our main objective is to ensure that no one be exposed to abuse. While the emphasis is on young people, we should all look out for one other, regardless of age. Good common protection practice means ensuring everyone is aware of the signs of potential abuse, and acts immediately if he or she witnesses such abuse.

Classification of abuse

Abuse may be categorized as follows:
  • Bullying
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse

However, you do not really need to be able to classify the specific form of abuse. You need only recognize the situation and react if you witness or suspect any form of abuse.

IST, MPT, CMT, and Tribe Advisors should study the Risk, Safety and Emergency Management Plan for further instructions on how to react to various incidents or crises which may arise during the Moot. Anyone can turn to the Health and Safety Team for further instructions.

Where abuse can take place

Abuse can take place between:

  • Participants (remember, participants are 18 – 25 years old)
  • Participants and adults (adults are considered 26+ years old)
  • Adults

Abuse may occur in a number of situations and in a number of ways. There may be situations during the World Scout Moot that cause you, or one or more participants feel uncomfortable. Although we must take into consideration cultural and personal differences, all signs of discomfort must be treated seriously, as people are more susceptible to feeling afraid or threatened during any large-scale event such as the Moot.

Thus, everyone should be aware of the signs of abuse and take action immediately if they suspect abuse to be taking place or to have taken place. Let us all do our best to ensure the Moot is a positive experience for everyone!

Vulnerable young people

Young people with special needs are more vulnerable, and thus at a higher risk of being abused, than others. We must also be especially aware of the higher risk for those with no visible disabilities.

A higher degree of vigilance in necessary in the case of participants who require special care or assistance. The best course of action is to ask the participant in question what assistance he or she may require during activities or, if they are unable to communicate on their own, ask the person assisting them.

I hereby confirm that I understand the contents of this page with in the Safe from Harm training course, and agree to comply with all directions made thereby at the World Scout Moot 2017. I’m ready for the next level.

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