CHOOSING A CHILD SAFE ORGANIZATION

As a parent, you will make many decisions about where to send your child for school, child care, or extra-curricular activities and programs. While it is not easy to think about the issue of child sexual abuse, you will be more confident as a parent if your child is in a safe environment.

A child-safe organization is one that:

  • Understands child sexual abuse
  • Manages risk by implementing strategies to reduce it
  • Takes their responsibility of protecting children from victimization seriously
  • Recognizes their ethical and legal obligation to help protect the children they serve
  • Builds a culture of transparency, trust and openness among employees, volunteers, children and parents
  • Has safeguards in the form of policies and procedures to prevent or stop child sexual abuse
  • Keeps the safety of children paramount
  • Hires the right people (job description, job posting, interviewing, screening, reference checks, etc.)
  • Provides an orientation to new employees/volunteers that includes information on child sexual abuse
  • Supervises and monitors employees/volunteers
  • Trains employees/volunteers on child sexual abuse
  • Provides information and training to parents and children
  • Has clear policies in place to deal with disclosures of child sexual abuse or allegations of employee/volunteer misconduct
  • Has and enforces a code of conduct
  • Has a child protection manual, including policies, that is available to parents