Lessons learned from reported claims

Here are just a few of the many ways to reduce the risk of child abuse:

  1. Does your organization conduct background checks on all adults working there?
  2. Does your organization have policies about recognizing signs and reporting sexual abuse?
  3. Are all adults trained to recognize and report abuse and on organizational policies?
  4. Do you have policies about adults having exclusive, 1-on-1 time with a child? 
  5. Are one-on-one activities open and observable? 
  6. Inform staff that you are vigilant about child safety and preventing sexual abuse.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Pay attention.  If a child is uncomfortable being around a certain adult, ask why.
  10. Trust your instincts.  If you feel that the issue of sexual abuse is not taken seriously, act on them.
This is far from a comprehensive list of prevention tips.  For more information about how to protect child from sexual abuse consult with one of your local or state agencies or contact one of the many excellent websites on this subject.

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.