The purpose of this article is to provide Scouters with the answers to frequently asked questions about the interview component of Volunteer Screening.
Seasoned Scouters ensure that new Scouters are interviewed in a manner consistent with our screening process and procedures thereby contributing to the adherence to Scouts Canada’s Child and Youth Safety policies.
Each interview must maintain the following criteria:
- There must be at least two interviewers
- All screening components of their primary Scouting role and currently have an Active status.
- Both interviewers have completed the aligned eLearning for the role, eLearning session '6086 Volunteer Screening: It is Our Duty.
- One of the two interviewers must have participated in 5 or more interviews.
The Group Commissioner and Group Registrar have the ability at the Group level to add interviews to MyScouts accounts. Council Commissioners and Registrars also have this capability.
Interviews are done as a component of the initial Volunteer Screening Process for new Scouters.
Scouters who move from one Group to another are asked to have a new interview completed by their new Group.
Who is asked to complete an interview?
All Scouters, including youth Scouters and Rovers. The roles of Parent and Adult Helpers / Overnight complete a review of the Code of Conduct and have Expectations of their role explained to them rather than a formal interview.
In general, the same guidelines are followed when interviewing adult Volunteers as Youth Volunteers; however, the process differs. Youth Volunteers complete a two-part interview, with the Scouter’s parents present, this should take place as outlined in the Youth-aged Interview Assessment guide. This part of the process is important to ensure communication between parents, the youth Scouter, and Scouter teams and helps ensure their safety in this leadership position.