CLUB SAFETY IS OUR #1 JOB
Child Safety is fundamental to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County.
America’s young people deserve nothing less than our contact focus on their safety and our firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.
Safety & Well being of young people is our #1 priority
We work everyday to create a safe, fun environment for members to learn and grow. We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct.
MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECKS
Mandatory criminal background checks are required every year for every staff and board member. In addition, criminal background checks are required for any volunteer who has direct contact with any members.
Ongoing training and staff supervision is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training such as annual conferences, quarterly workshops, annual board retreats, and third-party safety training from experts in the field. Regular web-based safety and abuse training.
state and local laws
We comply with federal, state, and local laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.
CULTURE OF SAFETY
We continually address and update safety policies, programs and trainings, to protect young people from threats that are present in our society. We implement safety policies and guidelines to keep our members and employees safe.
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE & REPORTING
Staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any critical incident/suspicion, and safety concern to local authorities immediately. We are also required to report any critical incident to Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.
board led safety committee
We have a dedicated board led safety committee working to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies.
Nationally, Boys & Girls Club of America works with leading experts in the areas of safety, security, technology, and has developed state-of-the-art solutions for Clubhouses. Partners include: National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts and organizations. Blue Ribbon Task Force, 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.
We have comprehensive safety policies in place to protect members, including and not limited to, supervision, restrooms, communication, and prohibiting one-on-one contact.
MANDATORY ANNUAL SAFETY ASSESSMENTS
We complete a safety assessment annually for all Club locations to ensure technology, transportation, background checks, restrooms, supervision, training standards, and policies are enforced and/or addressed and improved at Clubs.
MANDATORY employee reference
We collect references from potential employees with Boys & Girls Club history, association, and volunteerism.
local safety partnerships
Fresno County Sheriffs Department
Various Child Mental Health Agencies
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 to contribute to the development of safety practices that benefit ALL youth-serving organizations.