Child Safety Elements

In keeping with its mission to support the common desire of like-minded agencies and schools to provide safe and rich experiences for all children and through the collaborative efforts of its member organizations, the Child Safety and Protection Network provides the following Elements of a Child Safety Program for the use of its member organizations in establishing and maintaining effective child safety practices.

 

  1. Governance: An organization with an effective child safety program will have the management controls necessary to govern the activities of its personnel (staff and volunteers) so that a safe and healthy environment for children can be maintained.

  2. Definitions: An organization with an effective child safety program will have a written set of basic definitions of the types of harm children may suffer. The definitions will be written keeping in mind the various cultures represented in the organization’s context.

  3. Screening: An organization with an effective child safety program will conduct pre-engagement screening of both staff and volunteers.

  4. Training: An organization with an effective child safety program will have a training program for staff and volunteers.

  5. Childcare Protocols: An organization with an effective child safety program will have childcare protocols that are commonly applied throughout the organization.

  6. Response Process: An organization with an effective child safety program will have established and maintains the capacity to respond promptly, objectively and compassionately to any report of concern for child safety, whether based on current events or in past history of the organization or its members.

  7. Member Care: An organization with an effective child safety program will provide care for its personnel and other persons who may be affected by child safety issues, as needs are assessed.

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