California Assembly Bill 506 and Mandated Reporter Training

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Below is the 3-step process to be in compliance with AB 506. We ask that all volunteers complete all steps as soon as possible as this is a requirement to be a leader.

AB-506 VOLUNTEER PROCESS

  1. REQUIRED STATE MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING
    All Registered Adult Volunteers and Regular Volunteer positions identified as requiring training shall complete the California Mandated Reporter Training: Volunteers beginning January 1, 2022. The training is available online and takes about 2 hours to complete. Council Board Members and Camping Staff/Council Employees will need to complete the 4-hour general training course.
  2. PIEDMONT CALIFORNIA 042 MEMBERS ONLY
    Once you have finished the training, OR if you have an existing California Mandated Reporter Training (CAMRT) Certificate completed for your employer or another volunteer organization, please upload BOTH the CAMRT certificate and the required LiveScan consent form (detailed below) here: PIEDMONT CA 042 UPLOAD.  The LiveScan consent form is still required to be completed and uploaded whether you have completed LiveScan or not, please Download the LiveScan Consent Form and Upload the LiveScan Consent along with the CAMRT Certificate detailed above. This is not the same form you will bring with you to complete the LiveScan fingerprint background check detailed below in Step 2. I will get a notification and the PDFs via email once you have completed these steps, and your Pack or Troop will be notified. Please do not take phone screenshots, download and upload PDF only. If you are not a Piedmont California 042 Member please contact your local council for the correct upload link or find the correct upload site here: https://californiascouting.org/ 

NOTE: This training is in addition to BSA Youth Protection Training.

  1. LIVE SCAN FINGER PRINTING & BACKGROUND CHECK – Required for all registered adults 

    Complete (fillable PDF) and print this Live Scan Form and take to vendor of your choice (self pay) or check back here for Council paid session. The LiveScan location on Piedmont Ave: UPS Store at 4096 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 is one many use. You may also visit A1 Photo, 1629 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703; or Allscan LiveScan, 505 14th St #900, Oakland, CA 94612. We will get a confirmation of your LiveScan results. 

    NOTE: Each organization requires their own Live Scan, so you will still need to complete this step even if you have been fingerprinted for another organization.

California Assembly Bill 506 became law on September 16, 2021. AB 506 requires administrators, employees, and regular volunteers of youth service organizations to:

  • Complete training in child abuse and neglect identification and reporting
  • Undergo a background check to identify and exclude any persons with a history of child abuse
  • Ensure mandatory reporting of suspected incidents of child abuse to persons or entities outside of the organization
  • Require two mandatory reporters whenever in contact or in the supervision of children

The BSA’s Youth Protection Training standards required of all registered adults, our two deep leadership policy, and the criminal background check performed with an adult volunteer’s registration appear to meet most of the requirements of this law. The BSA’s routine criminal background check does not meet this standard, thus a background check with finger print scan will be required soon. Fingerprinting is already required in many schools, sports, and other organizations such as the Oakland Diocese.

Working with the other Scout Councils in California, we have created the California Scouting web portal (www.CaliforniaScouting.org) that will be your point of reference to help answer your questions about AB 506 and connect you with the resources you will need to fully comply with the law. Please note that the website is subject to change as we learn more and fully set up all its functions.

The law requires employees, administrators, and volunteers of Youth Service Organizations to complete training in child abuse & neglect reporting and undergo Live Scan background checks. All registered BSA volunteer positions, administrators and employees including camp staff must comply with AB 506. In addition, regular volunteers, defined by AB 506 as volunteers who are 18 years of age or older and who have direct contact with, or supervision of, children for more than 16 hours a month or 32 hours per year, must complete the training and background check as well. For questions regarding whether your specific position requires training and background checks, please visit the FAQ page.

California AB 506 Bill Details 

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