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 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 the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry. 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 National Sex Offender registry.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any critical incident/safety concern to local authorities immediately, and to Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.
We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Club.
Any Boys & Girls Club employee looking to move locations MUST have a reference from the previous Club to be eligible for rehire.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry has a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies.
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.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry continually updates 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.
We comply with federal, state, and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America work with leading experts and organizations in the areas of safety, security, and technology to develop state-of-the-art solutions for all Club locations.
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 the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry.
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. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry continually updates robust safety policies and actions for our staff and volunteers that are designed to promote child safety within the Club.
To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page.