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The Difference Between a Sexual Harassment Policy & an Abuse Prevention Policy

An employee sexual harassment policy is focused on preventing and responding to employee sexual harassment and discrimination.  An abuse prevention policy is focused on keeping children, consumers, vulnerable, and elderly in your programs safe from sexual, physical and mental abuse. Ensuring strong policies for both can keep you, your staff, and those you serve safe.Read More

Five Prevention Tips for Creating a Culture of Safety within Healthcare Organizations

Five Prevention Tips for Creating a Culture of Safety within Healthcare Organizations—Preventing Sexual Misconduct In 2017, a CNN investigation found that more than 1,000 nursing homes were cited for mishandling or failing to prevent alleged cases of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse at their facilities between 2013 and 2016. An investigation by the Atlanta JournalRead More

8 High-Risk Activities for Day Camps and Overnight Camps

It’s almost time to go back to camp. In order to provide campers and staff with safe and enjoyable camp experiences, camp leaders must understand how to recognize high-risk activities and how to implement abuse prevention best practices. To begin evaluating your  day camps and overnight camps – start with these eight key areas:  Read More

Importance of Training to Prevent Abuse

There are thousands of youth-serving organizations across the United States offering a wide range of services to children and adolescents. Unfortunately, many children in these organizations fall victim to abuse. However, at Praesidium, we believe that abuse is preventable. One way to prevent abuse is through effective abuse prevention training. Continue below to identify theRead More

6 Key Questions a Parent Should Ask of a Camp

As your evaluating camps for your children, make sure to ask some specific questions of the camp to ensure the camp takes abuse prevention seriously. What are the camps abuse prevention policies and procedures? Answers to look for: They have a Staff Code of Conduct they can share with you that includes Limitation of one-on-one interactions PoliciesRead More

The Top Four Challenges Organizations Face When Screening Volunteers and Staff

A seemingly endless stream of frightening news reports shows that even the most well-respected organizations are not immune from employees that pose a danger to vulnerable populations. Ongoing issues have been uncovered in a number of organizations that once enjoyed flawless reputations. Praesidium has seen the same four challenges crop up again and again inRead More

Guidelines for Meeting One-on-One with Youth

Sadly, hundreds of thousands of kids are sexually abused each year, and the abuse is usually at the hands of someone the child knows. Normally, this abuse occurs when the adult seeks time alone – or privacy – with a single child.  As a result, Praesidium generally recommends that organizations prohibit one-on-one interactions between employees/volunteersRead More

How is your organization handling free and transition times during summer programming?

For many youth-serving organizations, the arrival of summer signals the beginning of a whirlwind season of youth programs and events. Often, organizations follow formalized monitoring procedures during structured programming. Staff understand defined ratios, engage in zone monitoring, and follow dictated bathroom procedures. However, outside of structured programming, organizations sometimes do not have similar procedures in place toRead More

Everything You Need to Know About the Safe Sport Act

What is the Safe Sport Act?  The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was created in reaction to the abuse found various youth sports organizations, including USA Gymnastics. This act will create new a standard of care that will affect youth-serving organizations across the country. The purpose of theRead More

Why Doesn’t Staff React to Possible Red Flag Behaviors?

Most people cannot conceive that their colleague would have ill intentions. Right from the start they are inclined to resist anything that challenges this perception. From our own research, Praesidium has identified four barriers that keep good and well-meaning people from responding when they see suspicious or inappropriate interactions or policy violations. What if I’mRead More