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History of Child Abuse Prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a tradition formally established in 1983 after decades of efforts by children’s advocates who pushed to create and change laws to protect those most vulnerable in society. The purpose of the month is to raise national awareness about child abuse prevention and how individuals and communities can help prevent the abuse and […]

The How and Why of Praesidium Investigations

A single incident of abuse can cause a lifetime of pain and suffering for a child or vulnerable adult and perhaps your organization recently experienced or narrowly avoided such an incident. It is important to understand that if you do not have an effective plan in place, “You risk contaminating the witness, tainting the investigation […]

Electronic Communications and Organizations’ Duty to Protect

Around 95% of youth ages 12 and 17 use the internet daily. Internet usage may expose youth to sexual offenders, who seek contact with minors via social networking sites and apps. With changing technologies, the dynamics of abuse have also changed. Per a report from the Michigan State Police, Instagram has become the primary means […]

Preventing Peer-to-Peer Abuse

The Associated Press recently released an article chronicling the mishandling of peer-to-peer abuse in schools across the country. The following excerpt from “Hidden Horror of School Sex Assaults” explains how pervasive this risk is: Contrary to public perception, data showed that student sexual assaults by peers were far more common than those by teachers. For […]

Responding & Administrative Practices

This may be the last week of Child Abuse Prevention month, but at Praesidium, we know that preventing abuse is something that must be top of mind each and every day for everyone in your organization.  This week, we take a look at the final two operations of Praesidium’s Safety Equation: Responding and Administrative Practices. […]

March Tip of the Month – Social Media

Each month, Praesidium’s experts bring you tips for preventing incidents of abuse and false allegations in your organization. We focus on all operations of the Praesidium Safety Equation® to keep you up to date on the latest trends in abuse risk management! To effectively manage social media: Create a “public page” for your organization on social media […]

February Tip of the Month – One-on-One Interactions

Each month, Praesidium’s experts bring you tips for preventing incidents of abuse and false allegations in your organization. We focus on all operations of the Praesidium Safety Equation® to keep you up to date on the latest trends in abuse risk management! Even though we try to limit one-on-one interactions between employees and volunteers and youth, we […]

Not All Background Checks are Created Equal

A case study on the dangers of not utilizing a Social Security Number Trace as a background screening tool THE CHALLENGE Clients often choose to run only “basic” background checks on new job applicants believing it’s all they can afford. These checks ONLY look to see if the applicant’s provided name appears in a criminal database. […]