Our deepest commitment is to our Club Members and we recognize the importance of transparency with our families, partners and communities.
We believe in fostering spaces that are equipped with trained and caring professionals, comprehensive safety policies, and the tools needed to ensure that every child feels safe when they walk into our locations.
OUR EFFORTS & RESPONSE
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 Clubs of Hernando 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, volunteer and board member at Boys & Girls Clubs of Hernando County. In addition, criminal background checks are required for any volunteer who has direct contact with children.
REQUIRED IMMEDIATE REPORTING
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hernando 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..
Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted both nationally and locally. 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.