Orientation, supervision, and monitoring are required to keep children safe in your organization. Child sexual abuse is more likely to occur in organizations that do not have these adequate structures in place.

Ask yourself some of the following questions when creating an orientation process:

  • What key policies and procedures do new employees/volunteers need to understand in order to work with children in the organization?
  • What do new employees/volunteers need to understand to avoid inappropriate behaviour and prevent child sexual abuse?

Provide an opportunity for employees/volunteers to see how policies and procedures work in practice – how they apply to the day-to-day work of the organization. Give them numerous opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification.

Supervision is the key to:

  • Ensuring that children are safe
  • Creating opportunities for success
  • Identifying and correcting inappropriate behaviour
  • Strengthening general work performance and promoting accountability

Informal and formal employee/volunteer supervision provides opportunities to observe interactions between children and adults and helps detect early warning signs of misconduct. Supervision provides occasions to teach and model appropriate behaviour.

Monitoring performance allows supervisors to immediately address behaviours that require corrective action. This could prevent the inappropriate conduct from continuing or escalating to sexual abuse, and will help deter similar conduct in the future. Supervision should begin the first day a new employee/volunteer starts and should continue throughout employment.

OUTCOME: Your organization will learn how to create an orientation process for new employees/volunteers – your first opportunity to share child protection policies. You will also enhance employee/volunteer supervision while promoting clear communication and accountability.


Sex offenders often conceal inappropriate behaviour as legitimate job duties (spending extra time with a particular child, going on outings,seeking assistance from a child, etc.).
Situations that require the greatest supervision are those where employees/volunteers spend one-on-one time with children. Proactively managing risk is essential in these instances.