The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs, Child Safety is Job No. 1
Ensuring child safety
is fundamental to the mission of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs.
The Safety and Wellbeing
of Young People is Our Number One Priority
We work every day to
create a safe, fun environment so kids can have every opportunity to be
successful in life. We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any
kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct, and we put resources behind
Culture of Safety: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs continually updates robust safety policies,
programs and training for our staff and volunteers that are designed to promote
child safety and protect young people from threats that are present in our
society. We implement layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids
- Following Safe from Harm guidelines, which includes the
requirement for the two-adult-rule;
- Immediate reporting to authorities;
- Annual safety assessments.
Safety Policies: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs has
comprehensive safety policies in place
that protect youth – including, but not limited to, supervision,
transportation, communication and prohibiting private one-on-one contact.
24-hour Toll-free Child Safety Hotline: We encourage all staff, members
and families to report any incident or situation they feel is unsafe. Through
our national partnership with Praesidium, one of the nation’s leading safety experts, The Salvation Army Boys
& Girls Clubs members and staff have access to a
confidential 24-hour toll-free Child Safety Hotline, 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email SafeClub@Praesidiuminc.com.
Mandatory Background Checks: Mandatory criminal background checks
are required every year for every staff and board member at The Salvation Army Boys
& Girls Clubs. In addition, criminal
background checks are required for any volunteer who has direct contact with
children. All potential employees and volunteers are also run through the Sterling
Required Immediate Reporting: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters.
We are required to report any critical incident/safety concern to local
authorities immediately. We are also required to report any critical incident
to Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.
Mandatory Annual Safety Assessments: We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make
improvements to safety at our Clubs.
Safety Trainings: Ongoing training and supervision of staff is
critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted
such as required Safe from Harm training, safety assessments, child-safety
seminars and training. We also engage leading third-party safety experts to
provide guidance for our policies and approaches, including Praesidium, the
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the National
Children’s Advocacy Center.