On occasion a camper may reveal something about their home life that is a cause for concern. If this happens, please remember that all information is to be kept confidential. This type of information is to be discussed only with appropriate senior camp staff, i.e., Natalie, Sue, or Iris.
Child abuse and neglect are unlawful acts. Washington laws require staff to report incidents of suspected abuse or neglect to the Department of Social and Health Services, Child Protective Services (CPS) or to the local law enforcement agencies. RCRC staff who become aware of a suspected case of child abuse involving any child participating in RCRC activities or events are guided by RCRC staff policies, procedures, and Washington State Law. For volunteers’ responsibilities in this regard, see below.
Abuse and neglect include but are not limited to the following:
- Emotional mistreatment of campers or other children participating in RCRC activities or events, including verbal abuse or verbal attacks.
- Physical neglect of campers or other children participating in RCRC activities or events, including failure to provide adequate safety measures, care or appropriate supervision of activities.
- Any form of sexual abuse of a child, including sexual touching, inappropriate bodily contact, exhibitionism, voyeurism, or any involvement of campers or other children participating in RCRC activities or events, with pornographic materials.
- Physical abuse of campers or other children participating in RCRC activities or events, including all types of corporal (physical) punishment, e.g. spanking, slapping or shaking.
Although RCRC may terminate a volunteer at any time for any reason, abuse and neglect is unlawful and will not be tolerated. As a result, RCRC reserves the right to:
- Suspend from her/his volunteer position any volunteer during investigation of allegations of abuse or neglect. This includes instances where the volunteer was aware of potential abuse or neglect by another and did not report it to staff, CPS or local law enforcement officials.
- Refuse membership endorsement or re-appointment to any volunteer accused of, arrested for, or convicted of child abuse or child neglect, or is a registered sex offender.
- Dismiss or exclude from affiliation with RCRC any volunteer who has been accused of, arrested for, or convicted of child abuse or neglect or is a registered sex offender
As a volunteer, you must report any suspected incident of child neglect or abuse to one of the senior camp staff (Natalie, Sue, or Iris) who will assist you in getting in touch with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Members of the Mental Health Crew are also available to support you in making a report or in having the camper repeat herself to them and then making the report themselves. Any person making a good faith report concerning suspected child abuse or neglect is provided civil and criminal immunity by Washington State statute RCW 26.44.060. DSHS may require further information from you directly. However, reports to DSHS may be made anonymously
- Guidance for Mandated Reporters from WA DSHS (document)
- Mandatory Reporters Video (approx 28 min)
- Racial Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System (video; approx 8 min)