Culture of Safety
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas 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 safe including:
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas 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, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas 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 Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas. 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 First Advantage National Background Check.
Required Immediate Reporting
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas 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 Club(s).
Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as Regional/National BGCA leadership trainings, first aid/CPR training, and Mental Health First Aid. 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.
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas has a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies. Priorities and initiatives include:
- Safety planning. Identify the goals, objectives and outcomes for a safety improvement plan. Oversee fulfillment of improvement tactics, using measures to track progress.
- Safety assessment review. Closely review results of the online Annual Safety Assessment and NYOI Member Survey.
- Annual facility safety checks. Develop strategies to immediately eliminate or reduce identified hazards.
- Mandatory reporting laws. Understand, implement and enforce the child abuse mandatory reporting laws.
- Incident review. Regularly review reported safety incidents to help determine if additional policies and/or procedures should be in place to prevent future incidents.
Locally, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas partners with:
- Wichita Police Department
- Mental Health Association
- HealthCore Clinic
Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has advocated the passage of the U.S. PROTECT Act, which improved background screening systems and access. The national organization has also partnered with the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Centers for Disease Control to contribute to the development of safety practices that benefit ALL youth-serving organizations.
America’s young people deserve nothing less than our constant focus on their safety and our firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care at Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page here.