When you and your children join our YMCA family, we understand that you place your trust in us as a provider of child care, day camp, aquatics, and youth sports. Because we do not take your confidence lightly, we strive to meet that trust by effectively screening and training all staff and volunteers. Our quality youth development programs enrich the lives of thousands of children each year, and the protection of every child is our top priority.
We participate in many active efforts to prevent child abuse, including conducting references and criminal background checks for staff and volunteers, requiring ALL staff to participate in child abuse prevention training, and staying vigilant for events out of the ordinary by conducting formal and informal interviews and evaluations with children and parents. Finally, we take allegations or suspicions of child abuse seriously by reporting to the police and state agencies for investigation.
The YMCA enforces a zero tolerance philosophy for abuse. To make sure your child remains safe outside of Y supervision, we encourage you to follow our “Know. See. Respond.” protocol:
Know. Stay informed about warning signs and unusual behavior and talk to your child about them. Recommended steps include:
See. Pay close attention to your children and the people in their lives, watching for signs of abuse.
Respond. Report any inappropriate or suspicious actions by YMCA staff or volunteers (or expressions of discomfort from your child) to the Executive Director of your local YMCA branch.
Thank you for your help in protecting children.