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6/2/2020

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Rusk County, Child Safety is Job No. 1

Ensuring child safety is fundamental to the mission of our Clubs.

The Safety and Wellbeing of Young People is Our Number One Priority

We work every day to create a safe, fun environment 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. 


Culture of Safety: Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County continually updates robust safety policies, programs and training for our staff and volunteers that are designed to promote 
child safety and protect young people from threats that are present in our society. We implement layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids safe including:

*Trained Youth Development Professionals with years of service and well-known presence in the communities we serve
* Weekly staff meetings to address arising issues
* Daily incident reports as needed

Safety Policies: Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County has comprehensive safety policies in place that protect youth – including, but not limited to, supervision, transportation, 
communication and prohibiting private one-on-one contact. 


24-hour Toll-free Child Safety Hotline: 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, Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County 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 Background Checks: Mandatory criminal background checks are required every year for every staff and board member at


Mandatory Background Checks: Mandatory criminal background checks are required every year for every staff and board member at Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County.  In addition, 
criminal background checks are required for any volunteer who has direct contact with children. All potential employees and volunteers are also run through the First Advantage.


Required Immediate Reporting: Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County 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.


Mandatory Annual Safety Assessments: 
We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Club(s).

Safety Trainings: Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as seminars, conferences, webinars and 
a semi-annual safety symposium. 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.


Safety Committee: has Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies. 
Priorities and initiatives include:

• Every staff member trained three times annually
• New Club Member orientation as each session begins
• Multiple trained professionals with each age group, every day

Mandatory Employee Reference: 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.   


State and Local Laws: We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles. 

Safety Partnerships: Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with leading experts in the areas of safety, security and technology to develop 
state-of-the-art solutions for Clubs. Partners include:

  • National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts and organizations
  • Blue Ribbon Task-force, comprised of local Club leaders charged with providing input on the safety direction and key safety initiatives
  • Mental Health First Aid, a national program that teaches skills to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse
  • Crisis Text Line, a confidential text message service for youth in times of crisis

Locally Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County, partners with:

  •          Henderson Police Department
  •          Henderson Independent School District
  •          The City of Henderson
  •          And many more

Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has 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 young people 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 
Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County 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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