Lessons learned from reported claimsHere are just a few of the many ways to reduce the risk of child abuse:
- Does your organization conduct background checks on all adults working there?
- Does your organization have policies about recognizing signs and reporting sexual abuse?
- Are all adults trained to recognize and report abuse and on organizational policies?
- Do you have policies about adults having exclusive, 1-on-1 time with a child?
- Are one-on-one activities open and observable?
- Inform staff that you are vigilant about child safety and preventing sexual abuse.
- Inform staff that you will be making unannounced visits to see how the rules are being followed in the caring for children. Stay and observe practice or lessons.
- Talk to the child. Check in regularly to see how the day went. The more open the communication, the more likely you will get a clear picture of how things are going.
- Pay attention. If a child is uncomfortable being around a certain adult, ask why.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel that the issue of sexual abuse is not taken seriously, act on them.
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