Our Commitment to Safety
at the boys & girls club of el dorado county western slope, your child’s safety is Job #1
Ensuring child safety is fundamental to the mission of the Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope (BGCE).
THE SAFETY & WELL BEING 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.
A CULTURE OF SAFETY
BGCE 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:
-Full, comprehensive background checks of all
employees and volunteers
-No overnight events
-No 1-1 interaction between Club staff and members
-BGCA safety review & recommendations implemented
across our 4 locations
We 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, BGCE members and staff have access to a confidential 24-hour toll-free Child Safety Hotline, 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email SafeClub@Praesidiuminc.com
Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training. 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.
Required Immediate Reporting
BGCE staff and volunteers are 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.
BGCE has a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies. Click here for more info on our Safety Committee’s priorities & initiatives.
State and Local Laws
We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.
Mandatory Background Checks
Mandatory criminal background checks are required for every staff, board member, and volunteer at BGCE. All are checked through the FBI & CA-DOJ databases.
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.
Locally, BGCE partners with:
-El Dorado County Sheriff
-Placerville Police Department
-County & Cal Fire
-El Dorado County Office of Education
National partners include:
-National Child Safety
Advisory Task Force
-Blue Ribbon Taskforce
-Mental Health First Aid
-Crisis Text Line
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.
Priorities & Initiatives:
-Partnership with local law enforcement including
active participation from local law enforcement
-Oversight of safety protocols at 4 locations
-Facility safety checks
-Incident review & preparedness