Empowering Youth Serving Organizations to Protect Children
If you are a school superintendent, the head of a church, the CEO of youth serving organizations, or a non-profit board member, you worry each time you learn about threats that could seriously injure, traumatize or destroy the lives of the children under your organization’s care. At the same time, you are equally concerned about the safety of your staff and volunteers and how well prepared they are to respond to an emergency. Finally, you think about how such an incident would undermine the public’s trust in your organization and your ability to carry out your organization’s mission.
People often characterize threats to child safety in broad terms, such as “gun violence,” “molestation,” bullying,” “terrorism,” “kidnapping” or “fatalities.” Yet, behind the broad terms are more familiar threats that could be enacted through any number of scenarios, for example: