Child Abuse Prevention Plan

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Child sexual abuse and inappropriate contact with children is a pervasive problem throughout the United States that must be managed in a pro-active manner if we are to protect those in our care. The following sample policy helps your JCC's leadership and Board of Directors enact a written plan to manage programs and minimize the potential for an abuse incident to occur.

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Policy Table of Contents

1.0 Hiring Practices and Screening

1.1 Applications 
1.2 Interviews
1.3 Social Security checks 
1.4 Criminal record checks 
1.5 Reference checks 
1.6 File documentation 
1.7 Program volunteers

2.0 Training and Education

2.1 Code of Conduct
2.2 Child abuse prevention training
2.3 Electronic communication policy 
2.4 Follow-up training

3.0 Staff Expectations

3.1 Reporting of suspicious behavior and/or violations of the Code of Conduct 
3.2 Being alone with children 
3.3 Hugging and touching of children 
3.4 Babysitting and outside contact 
3.5 Diapering policy 
3.6 Supervision standards 
3.7 Special standards

4.0 Program Operations

4.1 Bathroom policy
4.2 Ratio expectations 
4.3 Program audits 
4.4 Regular computer audits 
4.5 Transportation 
4.6 Field trips 
4.7 Special needs participants 
4.8 Member expectations around children 
4.9 Special program expectations 

5.0 Parent Education

5.1 JCC child protection policy 
5.2 Contact information for violation of policies 
5.3 Child education

6.0 Responding to an allegation

6.1 Reporting suspicious behavior to a supervisor 
6.2 Mandated reporter 
6.3 Suspension of staff or youthful offender 
6.4 Incident investigation 
6.5 Insurance company contact 
6.6 Record retention 
6.7 Working with the media 
6.8 JCC Association
6.9 Counseling

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