California Assembly Bill 506 and Youth Protection Training

 In Community News, Council News

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.

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.

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

  1. UPLOAD COMPLETED TRAINING
    Once you have finished the training, upload your state Mandated Reporter Training Certificate to the Piedmont Council page on the California Scouting portal. https://californiascouting.org/piedmont/.
  2. LIVE SCAN FINGER PRINTING & BACKGROUND CHECK (coming soon)
    The council has submitted its request for authorization to the California Department of Justice to receive state and federal criminal offender record information (CORI). Once we have received authorization, we will update the website and share our Live Scan Request Form that will allow you to get fingerprinted. Please do not schedule your Live Scan until we announce that we are ready to receive them, as any scans done before we have authorization will be invalid and need to be done again. 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.

Once this step is available, you will only need to complete your live scan once for the council. We are working with local vendors to schedule fingerprinting at our office and major Scout events to make the process quick and convenient for you. Additionally, there are many Live Scan locations throughout the state.

California AB 506 Bill Details 

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