Club Safety

The Safety and Wellbeing of Young People is Our Number One Priority

We work every day to create a safe, fun environment so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct, and we put resources behind that stance.

Culture of Safety: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City 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:

  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Incident Reporting Policy
  • Drug & Alcohol Policy
  • Internet, Social Media & Technology Policies to protect youth online
  • Installing Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at each Club site
  • Disinfecting and routine cleaning of Club sites to prevent infectious disease(s)
  • Health and Wellness Policy
  • COVID-19 Mitigation Policy

 

Safety Policies: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City 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 Greater Kansas City Club 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 Greater Kansas City. 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas or Missouri State Registry.

Required Immediate Reporting: Employees and Volunteers of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City area all mandated reporters.  We are required, by law, to report any reported or suspected child abuse or neglect to the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline.  In addition to this, we are also required to report any critical incident to Boys & Girls Clubs of American within 24 hours.

Mandatory Annual Safety Assessments: We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Clubs.

Safety Trainings: Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as Child & Club Safety 101, Preventing Bullying in Youth Organizations, Keeping Your Boys & Girls Club Safe, Social Media Safety, Annual Suicide Prevention Training, Workplace Safety Orientation, Annual Child Abuse Awareness Training, and annual Mandated Reporter training, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training, and CPR/First Aid and AED training. 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.

Safety Committee: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City has a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies. Priorities and initiatives include:

 

  • Annual Site Safety Inspections
  • Updating the Safety Policies & Emergency Response Plan
  • Identifying and resolving potential safety concerns at the Clubs
  • Partnering with local law enforcement to coordinate emergency response efforts
  • Identifying new safety trends and training opportunities to further staff development

 

Mandatory Employee Reference: Any employee interested in moving to another Boys & Girls Club is required to have a reference from the previous Club, even if the Clubs are within the same community.

State and Local Laws: We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.

Safety Partnerships: Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with leading experts in the areas of safety, security and technology to develop state-of-the-art solutions for Clubs. Partners include:

 

  • National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts and organizations
  • Blue Ribbon Taskforce, comprised of local Club leaders charged with providing input on the safety direction and key safety initiatives
  • Mental Health First Aid, a national program that teaches skills to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse
  • Crisis Text Line, a confidential text message service for youth in times of crisis

 

Locally, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City partners with:

 

  • American Red Cross
  • Division of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Childcare Regulations
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Childcare Licensing
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
  • Area county offices of public health (Jackson, Johnson, and Wyandotte)
  • Local police and fire departments

 

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 and Prevention 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 Greater Kansas City. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.