Boys & Girls Club of Saline County Safety Policy
Boys & Girls Clubs were founded to keep kids safe. It’s in our DNA. We work daily to keep kids safe and we’ll be hard at work for as long as we’re in existence. We take incidents seriously. The safety and wellbeing of young people is our number one priority. Even one safety incident is too many.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with leading experts in the areas of safety, security and technology to develop state-of-the-art solutions for our over 4,600 sites.
Through our national Child & Club Safety Department, we implement layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids safe, including the following mandatory safety requirements:
• Criminal Background Checks: Club staff, board members, and volunteers (including minors) who have direct, repetitive contact with children are required to undergo an annual criminal background check.
• Immediate Reporting: Club staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. Our reporting and tracking systems were significantly strengthened in 2014. Since mid-2014, Clubs are required to immediately report an incident regardless of severity to authorities first and then to BGCA within 24 hours. This has allowed us to understand more deeply the resources/needs of Clubs to ensure the safest environment.
• Annual Safety Assessments: Clubs are required to complete a safety assessment each year. If any concerns arise, BGCA staff will act to make recommendations, require changes or provide support.
• Employee References: Any employee interested in moving to another Boys & Girls Club is required to have a reference from the previous Club, even if the Clubs are within the same community.
• Board-led Safety Committees: All local Clubs are required to maintain a board-led safety committee to ensure safety is addressed at the highest level of management.
• State and Local Laws: All local Boys & Girls Clubs are required to comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.
• Safety Policies: All Clubs are required to have safety policies in place that protect youth, including supervision, transportation, communication and prohibition of private one-on-one contact and must train on those policies annually.
The dangers posed to children today are constantly changing, and we will continue to face this threat head on. We continually update and innovate safety policies, programs and training for local Club staff and volunteers that are designed to protect young people from threats present in our society.