Child Protection & Abuse Prevention Training
As of June 1, 2012, state law requires the successful completion of sexual abuse and child molestation prevention training with a written test approved by the Department of State Health Services by every adult attending a summer camp/program with minor children. This new law is in addition to the annual criminal background check and sex offender registration record check already required on any adult who will be accompanying children to a summer program/camp at Baylor.
In order to help you meet this new requirement, Baylor University is providing camps being hosted at Baylor a curriculum developed by the Texas Baptist Camp Managers Association and approved by the Department of State Health Services. The curriculum offers a statewide uniform course that complies with the new mandated requirements. Each adult attending a summer program/camp at Baylor University with children must complete a minimum of one hour of training (total) addressing the following topics:
- the definitions and effects of sexual abuse and child molestation;
- the typical patterns of behavior and methods of operation of child molesters and sex offenders that put children at risk;
- the warning signs and symptoms associated with sexual abuse or child molestation;
- the recommended procedures by youth camps to address, prevent, and report suspected sexual abuse or child molestation;
- ways adults can avoid putting themselves at risk for an accusation of sexual misconduct.
Following the completion of the training materials each adult is required to take the mandatory test. The test must consist of a minimum of 25 questions and address the topics described in the training.
The curriculum is available for download on our website. Downloads include the State-approved training materials, the mandatory 25-question test, answer key, and certificate of completion. Also, you may download the optional training video. The optional training video is a useful resource; however, it is possible to successfully teach the course by using only the printed training materials. All materials are designed for use by anyone assigned to lead or present the State mandated training to adults.
The successful completion of training and certification of completion is required for all adults and must be completed before arriving at Baylor University. The certificates of completion, background screening, and adult registration forms must be presented to Baylor University summer program/camp representatives prior to on–campus summer program/camp registration. Any adult accompanying a summer program/camp that cannot be documented and certified as successfully completing the State mandated mandatory training will not be allowed to register or allowed on campus. Baylor University will not provide training.
Every adult who attends a summer program/camp at Baylor University must take and successfully complete the Child Abuse Prevention Training Course.