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, no one is assigned to connect the dots and the organization continues to think it is good, until its luck runs out.

For this reason, every youth-serving organization needs an independent oversight body who is tasked with examining patterns that could lead to a disaster, bridging across various “silos” (departments) and fully respected by the organization’s leadership and board.   The group may be a standing committee  of the board or an independent group, what matters is that they help overcome the natural complacency that settles in after an organization experiences some safety improvement.