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Maryland Wing - Group III

Middle East Region

Civil Air Patrol

United States Air Force Auxiliary

Representing

Anne Arundel, Calvert,

Charles, Prince Georges &

St. Mary's Counties

CADET PROTECTION - GROUP III

OVERVIEW

 

Effective June 2014, CAP released an updated version of the Cadet Protection Policy (CPP), which is the regulation that outlines CAP's efforts to prevent and react to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of cadets.

 

Cadet Protection Program Training is a required element of Level One and is designed to introduce new senior members, Cadet Sponsor Members, and cadets 17 and older to CAP's Cadet Protection policies.

 

CPP helps ensure a healthy and safe environment for cadets while providing the foundation for a professional climate and the highest standards of behavior of all our members in leadership positions.

 

This training is mandatory for all senior members, Cadet Sponsor Members and cadets 18 and older; cadets of age 17 may also complete this training. Only those cadets 17 years of age or older will see the "Cadet Protection Basic Course" link in Learning Management System (LMS).

 

When logged into eServices, you will find the Cadet Protection Basic and Cadet Protection Advanced  Courses in the Learning Management System in the "Cadet Programs" area.

 

Click HERE to go to eServices to begin.

 

WHY?

 

When the original CPPT was released in the late 1980s, CAP was lauded for being proactive in how it protected youth from physical and sexual abuse. Requiring adult members to be fingerprinted and undergo an FBI background check was an innovation at the time. CAP is also aware of its unique vulnerability to hazing given the cadet program's military leadership model, and has long used the Department of Defense (DoD) definition of hazing and adopted DoD's no tolerance stance on it.

 

In revising the policy now, CAP can leverage 25 years of academic research on youth abuse. This research has led CAP to make its policy more focused on prevention of abuse by prohibiting the types of "grooming" behaviors that lead most often to sexual abuse and by setting more rigorous standards of practice to protect all cadets from abuse. It also encourages positive leadership on the part of our cadet cadre and adult leaders, which can lead to less abuse as well.

 

MAJOR CHANGES TO CPP

 

Although the regulation was revised in its entirety, the changes below are important since they will have the greatest impact on how our squadrons operate on a week-to-week basis.

 

  1. Two-deep leadership. CAP now requires two adult members (senior members, cadet sponsor members, etc.) to be present at all CAP activities. This includes weekly meetings. Previously, a daytime activity could be conducted with one senior member. This is perhaps the most logistically difficult change, but it is also one of the most significant ways we can prevent abuse. Having two adult leaders ensures adequate supervision, allows adults more flexibility to respond to emergencies, and lets parents know that CAP takes its in loco parentis obligations seriously. Exceptions to the two-deep rule are made for ES missions (not training), Chaplain counseling, and cadet orientation flights.
  2. Transportation. The party of three. CAP requires that senior members providing transportation to, from, or during a CAP meeting or activity include a third person in the vehicle. Family members are exempt from this rule (i.e., a senior member parent can transport their cadet child). If the members are not related, the party must number at least three by having two cadets or two senior members in the vehicle. This rule will help thwart an adult trying to establish an inappropriately close relationship with a cadet in a "one on one" setting.
  3. Overnight supervision. If male and female cadets are attending an overnight activity, it is now required that there be at least one senior member of each gender staying overnight as well. Previously this was only a best practice. Units having trouble recruiting female senior members can ask other squadrons in their group or wing to assist at overnight activities.
  4. Activity permission slips. For all activities outside of squadron meetings, a permission slip signed by the cadet's parent is required. Consent via E-mail is sufficient. NHQ provides the CAPF 32 as a suggested permission slip, but units can use their own as long as it contains the same basic information. The permission slip serves two functions. First, it lets the parents know when their child is attending a sanctioned CAP activity, which prevents someone from gaining access to a cadet under the auspices of having an unofficial meeting. Second, the permission slip has useful information about the activity for the parent and the cadet, which encourages squadrons to plan activities in advance. Note that the CAPF 32 is not required for orientation flights that take place at a unit's local airport.
  5. Field rule of four. If a group is going into the woods or other backcountry conditions (e.g., ground team on a bivouac), the team will number at least four. This is in case a member gets injured while in the woods; one person can stay behind with them, and the other two can go for help.

 

BOUNDARY VIOLATIONS

 

The new regulation also introduces the concept of a "boundary violation", where a member contravenes the standards of practice, but their behavior does not rise to the level of hazing or abuse. Examples include: repeated use of offensive or lewd language around cadets, an adult leader spending unexplained one-on-one time with a cadet during an activity, or frequent non-CAP text messaging between a cadet and senior member.

 

The purpose of boundary violations is not to punish well-meaning senior members. It's to make the nonstandard behaviors stand out, so if they are being used by senior members with less noble intentions, they will be visible and the normal adverse member actions process can be employed to discourage the behavior or remove the member from CAP if it comes to that. Commanders and activity leaders should respond to reported boundary violations, but do so in a respectful manner that is proportional to the offense.

 

NEW TRAINING

 

By the end of the summer three new CPP training courses will be available, and members will have until Mar 31, 2015 to complete them. The first is a basic course for adults, which replaces today's online CPPT. There is also an advanced course for commanders, activity directors, wing and region cadet programs officers, and other CP leaders. Lastly, there will be cadet "wingman" training incorporated into the character development lesson that cadets complete to earn their Curry award.

 

SUMMARY

 

Abuse that occurs during childhood can have lifelong effects on the victim. CAP has an obligation to ensure its youth protection policies meet or exceed the standards of other youth-serving organizations. The new CPP brings us into alignment with our peers in Scouting, youth sports, and other community organizations.

 

If you have questions or concerns about the new CPP, talk to your squadron commander or contact the Group III Commander.

 

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