At Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, Child Safety is Job No. 1
Ensuring child safety is fundamental to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada
The Safety and Wellbeing of Young People is Our Number One Priority
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, and we put resources behind that stance.
Culture of Safety: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada continually updates robust 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 including:
- We deliver high impact programs to the kids who need us most
- Guided training and certified in the proven methods of the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
- Quarterly facility and safety inspections are performed at every Clubhouse location
- We annually review our employee manual and health, safety and transportation policies
- All employees are mandated reporters, by law
- We perform and record Boys & Girls Clubs of America mandatory annual safety assessments
- Staff members participate in ongoing safety trainings and supervision of staff to include; seminars, conferences and webinars
- We require mandatory employee reference checks
- We remain in compliance with state and local laws
- We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior of any kind to include child sexual abuse and misconduct
- Our Clubs provide safety, mentorship and a sense of community
Safety Policies: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada has comprehensive safety policies in place that protect youth – including, but not limited to, supervision, transportation, communication and prohibiting private one-on-one contact.
Mandatory Background Checks: Mandatory criminal background checks are required every year for every staff and board member at Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. 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 First Advantage, as well as the Nevada Sex Offender Registry, state and FBI fingerprint background checks, through the Nevada Department of Public Safety in accordance with strict written criteria of unacceptable convictions.
Required Immediate Reporting: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any critical incident/safety concern to local authorities immediately. We are also required to report any critical incident to Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.
Mandatory Annual Safety Assessments: We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Clubs.
Safety Trainings: Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as seminars, conferences and webinars. 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.
Safety Committee: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada has a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies. Priorities and initiatives include:
- Clubhouse Safety Committee inspections
- Committee Improvement Plan
- Improvement of organization wide policies and procedures
- Overview of annual safety assessment responses
- Policy review of employee manual and health, safety and transportation policies
- Quarterly meetings for seven community safety leadership professionals
Mandatory Employee Reference: Any employee interested in moving to another Boys & Girls Club is required to have a reference from the previous Club, even if the Clubs are within the same community.
State and Local Laws: We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.
Safety Partnerships: Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with leading experts in the areas of safety, security and technology to develop state-of-the-art solutions for Clubs. Partners include:
- National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts and organizations
- Blue Ribbon Taskforce, comprised of local Club leaders charged with providing input on the safety direction and key safety initiatives
- Mental Health First Aid, a national program that teaches skills to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse
- Crisis Text Line, a confidential text message service for youth in times of crisis
Locally, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada partners with:
- Clark County School District Police
- Clark County Fire Department
- City of Las Vegas Fire Department
- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
- North Las Vegas Police Department
- Henderson Police Department
Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has advocated the passage of the U.S. PROTECT Act, which improved background screening systems and access. The national organization has also partnered with the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Centers for Disease Control to contribute to the development of safety practices that benefit ALL youth-serving organizations.
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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.