Who's responsible for staff after hours?
Organizational responsibility for staff members becomes fuzzy during non-work hours or after camp has closed for the season. Markel has received a number of sexual abuse claims involving staff (usually younger male staff) and youth after camp has closed or during non-work hours away from the club. Many administrators believe the camp or club should not be responsible for staff actions during this time. However, because the relationship was begun at the youth organization, the courts tend to look at the organization’s policy manuals and training programs to determine what types of staff-youth relationships are permitted during non-work times. The courts also look at what parents were told was permitted by the organization.Appropriate risk management steps to take include:
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