Youth Services Law

Showing 5 posts from February 2019.

Child Protection Policies: Supervision and Out of Program Contact

Teacher supervising and stopping children from fighting

The next important policy for keeping children safe is supervising children and staff. Supervision policies include not only supervision during your program, but recognizing when you cannot supervise interactions.

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Child Protection Policies: Behavior Guidelines

Teacher helping a student

Rules for behavior is what most people think of when they hear child protections policies—the guidelines for interaction among children and between children and adults. Of course you need to prohibit harsh treatment and actual abuse, but you also need to address “boundary” issues. In other words, decide where to draw the line on behavior that, while not actually abusive, may lead to more inappropriate interactions. Consider the following areas when developing your rules.

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Child Protection Policies: Background Checks

Criminal background checks

One thing that you must do in your program is criminal record and background checks of the adults working in your program. The specific details, however, can vary based on the needs of your program.

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Child Protection Policies: Initial Screening

Organizations often think of a child protection policy as a single self-contained document. The better practice is to include portions of the policy throughout your documents and communications. Potential employees, volunteers, and parents need to know from the beginning that you have a child protection policy and that you are serious about enforcing it. Start thinking about child protection from the time that you start looking for employees or volunteers.

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Child Protection Policies: First Steps

Children playing on a playground

The recent USA Gymnastic and Catholic Church scandals illustrate the need for child protection policies in all organizations that serve young people. It is tempting to look for a policy that you can simply copy from another organization, and some companies will promise to sell you a policy that they have developed. Either route can be a good starting point, but you need to tailor any recommendations to your program. This series of posts outlines some starting principles that I recommend to my clients.

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