Vol. 3, 2016
A review of abuse claims reported to Markel over the past five years has identified trends that can help a club’s ongoing efforts to help protect children. Abuse incidents and allegations included:
Reported claims involving adult-to-child often occurred after hours and off-premises. When adult-to-child incidents occurred on premises, they occurred in locations such as maintenance and storage closet areas. Child-on-child abuse allegations involved male-to-male, male-to-female, and female-to-female interactions. A majority of these incidents were most often reported as occurring in bathrooms. Events were also reported occurring in unsupervised rooms, on buses, and convenient hiding spaces such as behind dumpsters during outdoor activities.
Markel recommends clubs use these findings to help strengthen their supervision practices. Before the club opens, ensure all doors to unoccupied/unsupervised rooms are secure to prevent unauthorized access and never allow children to borrow the keys for any reason. Consider positioning staff so they can easily observe and stop inappropriate activities before they start. Identify potential hiding places and strengthen your supervision efforts of these areas.
In addition to comprehensive screenings for background checks and staff education on appropriate and inappropriate activities, educating your youth members on the topic of sexual abuse is also an important risk mitigation process. Staff training should be fully documented as to date received and content. Each staff member should sign a document acknowledging the training.
A study completed by Ekos Research Associates offers the following finding on sex abuse prevention education for youth:
The study also found that information about sexual abuse should be tailored to ensure that it is suitable for different age groups.
Whatever your strategy, make sure it is properly vetted by legal counsel and receives parent or guardian acknowledgement.
Visit Markel’s risk management library to learn more on steps a club can take to reduce the risk of child abuse.
Additionally please utilize resources on child abuse prevention available at BGCA.NET/ChildSafety.
Ekos Research Associates, Inc., 2009. Views of Youth Regarding Sexual Abuse Prevention Education, Dangers on the Internet and the Boys and Girls Club – Chapter 3 - CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS; 3.1 SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION EDUCATION. Ottawa, Ontario
Property theft can be troublesome for any organization. Beyond the need to replace what was stolen, the item taken can have an impact on your business operations and result in a loss of valuable opportunity costs. There are a number of strategies organizations can implement to reduce theft of business personal property. Object protection, by marking your property for easy recognition, is one.
According to the NFPA 730, Guide for Premises Security, object protection provides direct security for individual items and is often the final stage of an in-depth protection system with perimeter and area protection.
Property marking may help deter crime by advertising to a potential thief that the property will be difficult to sell or use. There are a variety of ways an organization can mark property such as; etching, microdot marking, chemical marking, property tagging, and indelible ink. You can also check with your local police department for additional recommendations.
The Brainerd, Minnesota Police department lists four major advantages regarding property marking:
In addition to property marking, prominently post notices in windows and other obvious locations throughout you property (both inside and out) to alert potential thieves that your property is marked. This may help reduce damages caused to gain entry to the building in conjunction with reducing cost associated with replacing stolen property.
Finally, become a member of a Business Watch program. These programs help promote a safer community through crime prevention. If you are a member, is your community program active? Learn more about Business Watch Programs.
National Fire Protection Association. NFPA 730: Guide for Premises Security. Quincy, PA
2016 Safety 1st nominations are now open!
2016 Safety 1st award nominations open October 24. Nominate your club for Markel’s Safety 1st recognition. Markel’s Safety 1st program recognizes clubs that have shown an outstanding commitment to safety.
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The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.