Child Safety & Security Consulting Services

If you represent a school, church, daycare center, camp or youth serving organization, we can help you improve the safety of your operations and facilities, protecting lives and reducing your organization’s risk.  We can also assist you, if you represent an architectural firm with a prospective project needing security planning and design.

1. Ask The Expert.
If you represent an organization or firm, you can schedule a free, 20-minute telephone consultation with Mr. Nichols, by completing the form to the right.

2. Off-Site Safety and Security Document Audit (SWOT Analysis).
This service involves an off-site review of 100% of your organization’s safety and security-related documents, comparing them to established industry standards and benchmarks. The process can also involve telephone interviews with key staff to evaluate how well they understand, follow and enforce the organization’s safety and security-related policies and telephone interviews with local first responders to identify opportunities for improved coordination. The report follows a “SWOT Analysis” format (i.e. strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) and prioritizes actions needed. If available, we will request such documents as:

  • Safety and security-related policies, procedures and forms
  • Emergency response protocols
  • Crisis communication protocols
  • Student threat assessment process
  • Mandatory reporting and complaint protocols
  • Accident and incident reporting forms and protocols
  • Safety inspection forms and protocols
  • Defined safety roles and responsibilities for staff, leadership and board members
  • Staff and volunteer screening and selection protocols
  • Codes of conduct
  • Visitor management protocols
  • Student (or client) and parent handbooks
  • Corrective measure process for staff and students (clients)
  • Oversight body (committee, task force, commission) roles and responsibilities

3. On-Site Safety and Security Assessment.
This service builds on the SWOT Analysis described above and adds physical security and operational safety observations at each site or campus.  Depending on the location and size of the sites, we will schedule two to three assessments per day.  Some of the site-specific issues we observe, include:

  • Perimeter security needs
  • Security lighting
  • Security signage
  • Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • Building maintenance that could affect safety and security
  • Pick up and drop off zones, and other vehicular risks
  • Target hardening to resist forced entry or acts of terrorism
  • Locks and electronic access control systems
  • Cameras and natural surveillance issues (e.g. clear sight lines, blind spots)
  • Intrusion detection systems and alarms
  • Emergency communication and notification systems
  • Staff skills and readiness to recognize and respond to a wide range of safety issues
  • Human feedback systems for complaints, suspicions and policy violations
  • Student threat assessment and resolution processes and methods

All findings are combined in a comprehensive report that can include:

  • The organization’s existing strengths
  • Ranking the organization’s vulnerabilities, based on projected severity and frequency
  • A site by site (or room by room) matrix showing where specific solutions may be needed
  • A projected cost estimate for the organization to adopt and maintain solutions
  • A projected timetable for the organization to execute its overall Safety Improvement Plan

4. Physical Security Design.
We work with architectural firms that have an existing or prospective school, church, daycare, camp or other project needing physical security planning and design.  We can work with your firm to define an appropriate scope of work for you to offer to your client in your proposal phase, as well as providing full support during the design, construction document and construction administration phases.  Mr. Nichols has a Master of Science in Security Administration, is a board-certified protection professional (CPP) and is a member of ASIS International, the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC).    Earlier in his career, Mr. Nichols practiced architecture and is sensitive to the need to integrate security solutions into building and site design.

5. Forensics.
If an organization experiences a serious incident or even a dramatic “near miss,” it will be valuable to have a third-party objectively and confidentially identify the root cause(s).  As opposed to the broader safety and security audit and assessment described above, this process focuses on a particular problem and identifies both immediate and long-range corrective measures.  For example, we may recommend improving, replacing or better coordinating any of the following:

  • Policies, procedures, codes of conduct or codes of ethics
  • Staff screening
  • Staff training
  • Staff performance management (e.g. corrective measures)
  • Supervision ratios or strategies
  • Waivers
  • Parent engagement
  • Youth engagement
  • Inspection forms
  • Premises use agreements
  • Visitor/spectator management and control
  • Premises maintenance and territoriality
  • Premises access control
  • Surveillance systems
  • Alarm and notification systems
  • Emergency procedures
  • Crisis communication