youth-sports-league

Youth Sports Program Safety

Youth Sports Program Safety: Spring is here and many organizations are kicking off their outdoor youth sports programs. Here are several important and sometimes overlooked safety items that deserve specific attention. Review your hiring, screening and training practices, as they play a crucial role in preventing child abuse. From criminal background checks and multiple telephone […]

Continue Reading
Osha-30[1]

Should consequences for safety violations include possible criminal charges?

When an employee dies or is severely injured on the job, should someone with the employer face criminal charges including going to jail? There appears to be a growing trend of criminal charges (I.e., manslaughter) being filed across the country where there are significant Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard violations associated with an […]

Continue Reading
iStock_000005604101Large

Defining “Youth” as a numerical age

Defining “Youth” as a numerical age. Most youth serving organizations today are faced with the difficult decision of defining the numerical age “Youth” may be allowed to be without adult supervision in the facility. As part of a comprehensive Youth Protection Policy, your organization should specify what age a youth member or participant must be […]

Continue Reading

Sign-in / Sign-out Procedures; Are All your youth programs following them?

Sign-in / Sign-out Procedures; Are All your youth programs following them? While the vast majority of licensed Preschool and After-school programs abide by strict sign-in / sign-out procedure, do all your youth programs follow the same or similar procedure?  Why not? As part of a comprehensive Youth Protection Policy, your organization should specify what age […]

Continue Reading
safe-staff

Child Watch / Drop-in Childcare

Many organizations provide Child Watch or Drop-in Childcare as a benefit of membership or add-on service to their members and participants. All too often, these programs do not adhere to the same policies and procedures as licensed childcare programs located in the same building.  Sometimes the same child enrolled in a licensed childcare program during […]

Continue Reading
March is National Collision Awareness Month

March is National Collision Awareness Month

March is National Collision Awareness Month. ​Preliminary data from the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. That marks a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation in 53 years. Unfortunately, it is easier than ever […]

Continue Reading