Sep 02, 1990
UN Convention Rights of the ChildWithin months of adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), WOSM passed a resolution in its Paris World Conference in 1990 (Conference resolution 16/90), calling on its NSOs “to find creative means to familiarize their leaders with the articles” and “to play an active role in encouraging their Government to ratify the Convention and in promoting its dissemination among adults and children”.
Oct 02, 2001
Symposium on Safe from HarmSymposium on Safe from Harm
Oct 02, 2002
KSSFH resolutionIn 2002 at the 36th World Scout Conference, held in Thessaloniki, Greece, WOSM adopted a Resolution 07/02 on ‘Keeping Scouts Safe From Harm’ which has since been WOSM’s key policy statement on Child Protection.
Oct 02, 2007
Child Protection tool-kitFollowing the adoption of the KSSFH resolution much work has been done by WOSM and NSOs. At national level several NSOs have developed and implemented their own child protection policies, guidelines and volunteer training. At European level the European Region of WOSM in partnership with the Europe Region WAGGGS developed in 2007 a Child Protection toolkit.
Oct 10, 2007
World Scout Jamboree 2007The need to encourage all NSOs to work on child protection received further impetus from WOSM in 2005 when a small work group was identified to take this forward. It was decided that the World Scout Jamboree in the United Kingdom (UK) in July-August 2007 could be a useful focus for this work: a test e-learning child protection exercise called “Safe from Harm” was then developed. Every adult volunteer attending the camp had to complete this prior to coming to the Jamboree. A section on Child Protection was also included in the Generic Training they all had to attend.
Jan 15, 2011
Adults in Scouting policy statementAll the work done by WOSM was further strengthened by the revision of the Adult in Scouting policy adopted at the World Scout Conference in Brazil in 2011 that includes the following statement related to KSSFH: It is the intention of the World Organization of Scout Movement to help young people to achieve their full potential through the Scout Method providing an environment within which Scout activities can be implemented in a safe, non-discriminatory and respectful manner. This requires that a key function of the adult recruitment process in all associations is to ensure that only suitable adults are recruited. It is highly recommended that associations develop procedures on the recruitment and selection of adults. This will require that data, some of which will be confidential, will need to be collected and stored appropriately. Adults who wish to volunteer in Scouting should be asked to provide references from respected members of the community, one of whom should be a community leader from outside Scouting. National Scout Organizations also need to recognize the rights of adults. It is of great importance that adults, who are in relatively close contact with children and young people, are given appropriate training so that they do not put themselves in situations, which could lead to accusations of inappropriate behavior. It is the responsibility of each association to create the best and most appropriate conditions for adults to be able to play their role as educators, either as volunteer or professional staff.
Aug 22, 2011
World Scout Jamboree 2011As direct follow up from the test made at the World Scout Jamboree in United Kingdom two very important initiatives have been developed to further extend the cause of keeping scouts safe from harm for the 2011 World Scout Jamboree in Sweden: (1) E-learning “Keeping Scouts Safe from Harm” and (2) International Conference Seminar “Keeping Scouts Safe from Harm".
Oct 02, 2012
Safe from Harm - European projectSafe From Harm! is addressing the question of harmful practices and violence against children and young people in the setting of youth organisations. Through non-formal education, Scouting empowers children and young people to be self-reliant citizens. Scouting is a youth movement providing a safe environment for children and young people participating in its activities. Harmful practices and violence can though happen, being in this specific environment or outside Scouting. Leaders being the primary link to children and young people, we want to raise their awareness as well as equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge and competences to prevent harmful practices within Scouting and know how to address violence happening outside the youth movement – to ensure that they will provide a safe environment.
Oct 10, 2016
Child and Youth Protection Position PaperThis Position Paper aims to strengthen the 2002 World Scout Conference Resolution on Keeping Children Safe from Harm and acts as a policy of the WOSM. Apart from providing an up-to-date position statement on child and youth protection, it supports NSOs which are implementing national policies and strategies on Child and Youth Protection.
Aug 15, 2017
World Safe from Harm PolicyThe World Safe from Harm Policy was officially adopted at the 41st World Scout Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan. This policy aims to keep Scouts safe from harm by supporting the development of National frameworks with local effectiveness that will promote the wellbeing, healthy development and safety of children and young people by providing them with a safe environment throughout their time in the Scout Movement.
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