Since the birth of the internet, everything digital has evolved at lightning speed, including electronic security and this certainly applies to electronic security, such as cameras, sensors, access control devices, alarms and notification systems. All of these have gotten better, smaller, easier to install, more integrated with each other and less expensive. However, while cameras, electronic locks and other devices help with security by monitoring remote areas or limiting unauthorized access, they are only as good as the personnel who install, maintain and monitor them. [...]
Successful youth-serving organizations must balance out many priorities in order succeed, year after year. Child protection is, logically, a top priority but once certain standards are met, the organization may come to believe the problem is solved and child safety and security is fully under control because (a) it has not experienced a high-severity safety or security incident in recent memory and (b) no one is examining the frequent but low-severity incidents that may indicate behavioral patterns that are reckless or potentially malicious. In short, [...]
Why is a thorough Child Sexual Abuse Prevention program so important for organizations and why is it rarely in place?
The scale of activity involving the sexual abuse and exploitation of children is hard for organizations or individuals to truly understand. It is generally agreed that approximately 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before they reach adulthood, meaning there are hundreds of thousands of acts of abuse in the U.S. each year. Experts do not agree on the total number of children who are molested each year because the phenomenon is greatly under-reported. I believe it would be safe to say that several [...]
While funds may not be immediately available, here are ten steps that will cost little and will begin to change the culture of safety toward continuous safety improvement: Write out your organization’s youth protection vision, goals, objectives and measures of success. Start with an aspirational statement and work down to the details. Do not let the cynics near this until you are finished. Put together a temporary task force of local security experts to conduct a Threat-Vulnerability Analysis (sometimes called a “TVA”) to identify possible [...]
Years ago, I watched a presentation by Dan McGinn in which he explained that the public is willing to forgive an organization when it experiences a tragedy. But at the same time, the organization should expect three questions: Did you consider that this might happen? Did you have a strategy in place to help prevent it? Did you invest the resources to make sure the strategy worked and continued to work? I’ve never found a better description of what is needed and what is missing. [...]
For some years I’ve distinguished between the “business of safety” and the “culture of safety.” The term “business of safety” is my way of describing those things some organizations tend to do first, such as conducting criminal background checks or adding fences, cameras locks and bulletproof glass. These are usually the first things an organization does because they can be readily executed and the organization can require compliance from its employees and volunteers. Sadly, this is not only where many organizations start, it is also [...]