Safety & Policies
Safety is Our Number One Priority.
We work every day to create a safe, fun environment at our youth centers so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct, and we put resources behind that stance.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County continually update robust safety policies, programs and training for our staff and volunteers that are designed to promote child safety and protect youth from threats that are present in our society. We implement layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids safe including:
BGCOKC has comprehensive safety policies in place that protect youth – including, but not limited to, supervision, transportation, communication and prohibiting private one-on-one contact.
We encourage all staff, members and families to report any incident or situation they feel is unsafe. Through our national partnership with Praesidium, one of the nation’s leading safety experts. BGCOKC members and staff have access to a confidential 24-hour Toll-Free Child Safety Hotline, 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email SafeClub@Praesidiuminc.com.
Mandatory criminal background checks are required every year for every staff and Board member at BGCOKC. In addition, criminal background checks are required for any volunteer who has direct contact with children.
BCGOKC staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any critical incident/safety concern to local authorities immediately. We are also required to report any critical incident to Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.
Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as seminars, guest speakers and webinars. We also engage leading third-party safety experts to provide guidance for our policies and approaches, including Praesidium, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the National Children’s Advocacy Center.
We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Clubs.
BGCOKC has a dedicated Safety Committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies.
Any employee interested in moving to another Boys & Girls Club is required to have a reference from the previous Club, even if the Clubs are within the same community.
We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting centers and vehicles.
Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America work with leading experts in the areas of safety, security and technology to develop state-of-the-art solutions for Clubs. Partners include:
Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America advocated the passage of the U.S. PROTECT Act, which improved background screening systems and access. The national organization has also partnered with the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Centers for Disease Control to contribute to the development of safety practices that benefit ALL youth-serving organizations.
America’s youth deserve nothing less than our constant focus on their safety and our firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care at BGCOKC. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.
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