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 Y's leadership and Board of Directors enact a written plan to manage programs and minimize the potential for an abuse incident to occur.
Policy Table of Contents
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
2.1 Code of Conduct 2.2 Child abuse prevention training 2.3 Electronic communication policy 2.4 Follow-up training
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
4.1 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
5.1 YMCA child protection policy 5.2 Contact information for violation of policies 5.3 Child education
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 YMCA of the USA 6.9 Counseling