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  • Una
    FYI- this will affect all of us. Una Kim Stump wrote: Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 15:53:36 -0700 From: Kim Stump
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 10, 2007
      FYI- this will affect all of us.

      Kim Stump <nadezhdasen@...> wrote:
      Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 15:53:36 -0700
      From: "Kim Stump" <nadezhdasen@...>
      To: steps-announce@...
      Subject: [Steps-Announce] Implementation of background checks around youth
      activities / offices

      Your Majesties, Your Highnesses, All Excellencies, Kingdom Officers,
      and branch seneschals, greetings from Viscountess Nadezhda

      The following message is from Society Seneschal Master Aaron
      Swiftrunner. This topic was extensively discussed at our recent
      symposium. We had many questions, and I am certain you will as well.
      Please note that this topic will be discussed at this months BoD
      meeting, from which will come more answers and a better understanding
      of the process.

      Please, before inundating this office with your questions, let the
      information digest for a couple of days. Even better would be to wait
      until after the BoD meeting:)

      Master Duncan, HL Candace, please pass this information along to your
      officers as well.

      Vis. Nadezhda Volynskaiia, PSCA
      Seneschal An Tir

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: seneschal@...
      Date: Apr 10, 2007 2:32 PM
      Subject: [SENESCHAL] clearance to brief your kingdom and local
      officers regarding
      To: sca-seneschal@...
      Cc: directors@...

      Background checks for youth.

      Please release the following information to your Kingdom officers
      {all}, Youth officers {all}, Seneschals {all}, Marshals {all}:

      In response to repeated occurences of the SCA having to deal with abuse of
      minors by SCA participants, risk to our membership from such predatorial
      behavior, and legal liabilities if we fail to execute proper due
      diligence, the SCA will be implementing a background check program to
      minimize risk of harm to our people and the organization. This program
      will revolve around conducting--via a properly licensed vendor--background
      checks on all persons wishing to serve in a leadership or supervisory
      position where minors are expected to be taking direction from--or be in
      the direct control of adults who are not their parent or legal guardian.

      An example of officials who must receive the background check are: Youth
      activities officers at all levels, Adults acting as youth marshals for any
      martial activity, persons organizing/in charge of youth activities for an

      These checks will return a pass/fail status. A pass status will cause the
      corporate office to issue a card good for two years that must be presented
      in order to be accepted as an official as described above.

      It is expected that this process will be streamlined and simplified as
      much as possible without invalidating the value of the background checks
      themselves. The cost of the checks will be billed back to the Kingdoms
      whose programs these volunteers are supporting.

      It is worth noting that these measures are less stringent than those being
      used today by the Boy Scouts of America.

      Further details, to include the actual process and an implement-by date
      will accompany the implementing guidelines to be issued after the April
      Board Meeting.

      Aaron Faheud Swiftrunner of the Stone Keep OL OP
      c/o George L. Reed

      Society Seneschal and Vice President of Operations
      SCA, Inc.

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