Youth Resident Camp / Adventure Programs

Youth Resident Camp and Adventure Programs have many unique challenges to safety and supervision. There are many variables to account for in order to ensure the overall safety and quality of programs is always met year after year. Regardless if you operate a sleep away camp, day camp or retreat center, Safe-Wise will work with you to ensure your facility runs safely year-round.

Reviewed Prevention and Management Strategies

Child Abuse Prevention: A comprehensive child abuse prevention program includes strategies to protect children, staff and the organization. The core elements of an effective Child Abuse Prevention Program include: policy; screening; training & education; supervision; communication & feedback systems; and evaluation. The unique qualities of housing situations, 24-hour staff to youth contact, off-site and adventure programming will be reviewed for modification of standard abuse prevention strategies in order to maintain a balance of program qualities and protection efforts.

Aquatic Safety: The aquatic operations assessment will compare current practices to aquatic industry guidelines, regulations and core safety philosophies. An effective aquatic safety program should provide a system for maintaining the highest level of aquatic safety in all aquatic venues; pools, waterfronts, lakes, rivers, water parks, etc. An effective aquatic safety program includes: a written safety plan; training elements, emergency management protocols; swimmer management systems, supervision practices; facilities/environmental management and compliance efforts.

Program Safety: A Program Hazard Analysis will be conducted for each program/area that clarifies the program scope, evaluates the core program elements, identifies risks and suggests effective management strategies for each risk. Programs will be evaluated for frequency and severity risks or incidents and basic risk management strategies that include: avoidance, reduction, transfer and control will be identified.

Health and Safety: General health practices, medical care, food service, housekeeping and sanitation operations of youth resident programs are tremendously important to the overall program effectiveness, incident prevention, safety and health of participants and staff. These elements of the operations will be assessed for effectiveness and compliance to regulations, standards and industry best practices as applicable. In addition to staff qualifications, policy communication, regular health and safety procedures and monitoring of practices; program environments, allergy exposure and communicable disease prevention/control practices will be evaluated.

Facilities: Housing, support structures, program areas, trails and walkways, and maintenance facilities will be evaluated through both the electronic and onsite components of the assessment process. Facility management practices such as a written strategic replacement/repair plan, a program for conducting regular documented inspections, fire prevention strategies, accident prevention and reporting procedures will be evaluated. The assessment will include review for regulatory compliance and that security protocols are in place to protect staff, youth and the organization.

In addition to our primary focus areas the assessment may also address:

*Bullying Prevention: Review practices to ensure that supervision, training, facilities and communication strategies are in place in order to provide a nurturing environment, free from peer abuse.

*Crisis Communication: Review written plans, communication strategies and reporting procedures to ensure that a plan is in place for effectively and concisely communicating the organization’s message in time of crisis.

*Emergency Preparedness: Assess the organization’s preparedness, written plans, facilities, training and communication for emergency situations.

*Human Resource Practices: Review current recruiting, application, on-boarding, orientation, training and compliance practices for staff.

*Off-Site Risk Management: Assess systems in place for managing the risks associated with conducting programs in locations other than “normal” sites.

*OSHA Compliance, Workplace & Staff Safety: Review training practices, facilities and current policies to ensure that the organization is in compliance with all federal and state workplace safety laws and an environment is encouraged for preventing injuries.

*Risk Transfer & Financing: Analyze current agreements, contracts, forms and waivers in order to ensure that they are in good order and follow applicable strategies for appropriately transferring risk.

*Transportation Safety: Review current transportation practices for programs, facilities, participants and staff for compliance with applicable laws and best practices.

*Use of Technologies: Review current technologies utilized for staffing, registration, health information, training and communication to identify areas for integration and strengthened efficiencies.