Child abuse at before- and after-school programs
Approximately 50% of the child sexual abuse claims reported to Markel occur between students. Most frequently, the perpetrator is male. Many of these claims occur at before- and after school-programs (some supervised by a group other than the school staff). The following are some practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of a child abuse occurrence:
- If a third party uses your school for a before-or after-school program, make sure your school is listed as an additional insured on their insurance policy every year.
- Secure the parts of your school that are not to be used for the before- or after-school program.
- Conduct a walk-through of your classrooms and bathrooms before locking up in the afternoon.
- If a student in your after-school program needs tutoring, be sure to get parental permission allowing the student to leave your program with the teacher.
- Do not place posters over door windows.
- Install a vent on bathroom doors to permit better audible monitoring.
- Establish minimum requirements for before- and after-school programs such as supervision ratios, mandatory criminal background checks, and a written policy about staff to student relationships away from the school.
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.