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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:   […]

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 the […]

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 Policies […]

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 in […]

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/volunteers […]

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 to […]

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’m […]

Monitoring & Supervision – Using Cameras In Your Facility

Monitoring and supervision can be broken down into four concepts: monitoring staff, monitoring consumers, monitoring high-risk activities, and monitoring your facilities. Through our experience, there is one piece of technology that organizations sometimes think is the monitoring solution for all four concepts: video cameras. Video cameras are a great documentation and verification tool. Installing cameras […]

Screening Out Offenders

Sexual predators target organizations serving youth and vulnerable populations.  Failure to discover a known offender seeking access into your organization can affect those in your care and destroy an organization’s reputation, financial stability and trust within the community.  So, how can you keep sexual predators out of your organization?  Your first line of defense is […]

Holiday Risks: Are You Prepared?

The end of the year is a time for fun and festive holiday celebrations – often a time for bringing individuals together from all over to your organization for different events, parties, and activities. While your organization’s existing monitoring plans are likely effective for everyday activities, your typical day-to-day procedures might not be sufficient to […]