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 […]

The Five W’s of Bullying and Tips for Prevention

1) Who? Bullying can occur in any youth-serving organization.  Research shows that every 7 minutes a child is bullied at school and approximately 160,000 children miss school each day due to fear of bullying.  – 2) What?  Experts define bullying as intentional, repeated, unpleasant, or negative behavior by one or more persons directed against a […]

Staying Safe on Social Media

We live in a digital generation and the constant evolution of technology can present unique adult-to-youth and youth-to-youth abuse risks. Being able to recognize the dangers surrounding electronic communication can help your organization prevent and respond to abuse stemming from social media. Adult-to-Youth Offenders need access, privacy, and control to abuse. Social media can provide […]

Managing High Risk Locations and Activities

What do bathrooms, field trips, aquatic activities, transition periods and free-play have in common? They are all associated with high-risk. While some high-risk locations and activities can’t be avoided, it is important for your staff to know how to monitor and supervise these settings to make them as safe as possible for your youth. The […]

Preventing False Allegations of Abuse

Fortunately, false allegations are rare. But, in today’s climate, anxiety about false allegations can paralyze those who work closely with children. Don’t let the fear of false allegations interfere with your mission to work with children. Following these simple rules can establish healthy boundaries to help prevent false allegations: 1. Follow your organization’s code of […]