YEO 2012_Youth Protection

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YEO 2012_Youth Protection

  1. 1. YOUTH PROTECTION PRE-CONVENTION YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING BANGKOK THAILAND 4 MAY 2012
  2. 2. TWO QUESTIONWhy are we not addressing other risks aswell as abuse?Why are districts not addressing the needto protect youth in other programs?
  3. 3. STUDENT NEEDSNurture -- to become responsible adultsGuidance -- to become effectiveambassadorsProtection -- to grow up with theconfidence to seek to understand theworld and to become our future leaders
  4. 4. RISKS WE MUST ADDRESSVarious forms of abuseBroken itinerariesIndependent travelMedical emergenciesNatural disastersNational crises
  5. 5. Random acts of violenceIncidental contactsStudent initiated acts
  6. 6. GUIDING QUESTIONSIs student directly in harms way?Does student create risk for the host?Can exchange continue according toprogram rules?
  7. 7. STUDENT AMBASSADORUnderstand culture of countryUnderstand hosts’ view of worldUnderstand how host deals with event
  8. 8. CASE STUDIESDomestic politics– Communication– Current information– Agreement
  9. 9. CASE STUDIESBroken Itineraries– Student calls someone– Communication– Safety Net Exchange partners Youth Exchange Directory YEOTalk (yeotalk@yahoogroups.com)
  10. 10. CASE STUDIESInvitation to pose– Student communicated immediately– Contact reported to Rotary immediately– District Chairs Communicated immediately– Assumed to be threat until proven not
  11. 11. CASE STUDIESRide to Rotary meeting– Prior introduction– Pre-arranged– Rotary event – club meeting– School informed/Student excused– All activities confirmed before– All activities verifiable during and after
  12. 12. CASE STUDIESStudent Application– Complete and accurate– Omissions or misrepresentations– Student, parents, doctors– YEO review– YEO use as interview guide
  13. 13. BEST PRACTICESInsurance PolicyFirst Night QuestionsTrainingDG “Buy In”/District cultureStudent ApplicationsCommunication– Inform, responses, verifications
  14. 14. THANK YOU Woody AngstNorth American Youth Exchange Network Anchorage, Alaska wangst13@gmail.com 907-272-0562
  15. 15. ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE District 5010 EMERGENCY; SEXUAL ABUSE ANDHARASSMENT ALLEGATION RESPONSEPOLICY AND PROCEDURES

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