HOW TO USE COMMIT TO KIDS

STEP 8: WRITE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

In order to prevent child sexual abuse in organizations, child protection policies and procedures are essential. Such documents clearly state what will and will not be permitted by your organization. Child protection policies create barriers for sex offenders; the more regulations in place, the less likely an offender will want to work there.

Child protection policies help:

  • Prevent sexual abuse and protect children who have been abused
  • Promote early identification of sexual abuse
  • Ensure all employees/volunteers understand what is expected of them in all circumstances
  • Ensure that all complaints about employee/volunteer misconduct are investigated and evaluated fairly
  • Address issues of confidentiality
  • Enforce disciplinary action for employee/volunteer violations
  • Recognize and abide by existing laws

Outcome: Child protection policies will be created in the areas of:

  • Education and awareness
  • Hiring
  • Orientation and supervision
  • Reporting and documenting complaints
  • Suspension and dismissal
  • Accountability and confidentiality
  • Programs, services, and activities

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Sample policy: All employees/volunteers will be subject to criminal record, vulnerable sector screening, and child abuse registry checks every three years.