California Imposes More Safeguards On Youth Organizations

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September 16, 2021 astatine 7:19 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved caller authorities Thursday aimed astatine providing much protections for younker work organizations against aboriginal kid maltreatment complaints similar those that drove the Boys Scouts of America into bankruptcy past year.

The caller measures volition necessitate specified organizations to person astatine slightest 2 mandated reporters contiguous erstwhile employees oregon volunteers are moving straight with children.

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It requires fingerprint-based inheritance checks for employees and regular volunteers, which Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said is designed to drawback kid abusers with transgression records earlier they commencement moving with children.

And it requires adults volunteering much than 16 hours a period oregon 32 hours a twelvemonth to beryllium trained successful identifying and reporting kid maltreatment and neglect.

The requirements take effect Jan. 1.

“As a parent, I privation to cognize that my kids are successful a harmless situation erstwhile they’re portion of a younker work organization,” Gonzalez said successful a statement.

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, who sought the legislation, said galore younker organizations person already adopted champion practices, but the measure volition acceptable azygous standards.

It cleared the Legislature with nary absorption votes.

The California State PTA supported the intent but said the measurement needs a clearer explanation to specifically exclude groups similar itself that supply volunteers successful schools but are not younker organizations.

The Boy Scouts are negotiating with insurers and others to make a broad money to compensate tens of thousands of men who accidental they were sexually abused arsenic boys by Scout leaders and others.

The organization, based successful Irving, Texas, sought bankruptcy extortion successful February 2020 successful an effort to settee hundreds of lawsuits.

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Newsom besides signed a related bill that requires the California Military Department to study intersexual harassment statistics. It besides clarifies that crimes committed by those connected progressive work are not protected from civilian oregon transgression liability.

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