At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township, Child Safety is Job No. 1
Ensuring our children’s safety is fundamental to our mission.
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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 invest our time and resources behind that stance.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township 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:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township has comprehensive safety policies in place that protect youth – including, but not limited to, supervision, transportation, communication and prohibiting private one-on-one contact.
We encourage all staff, members, and families to report any incident or situation they feel is unsafe. Through our national partnership with Praesidium, one of the nation’s leading safety experts, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township members and staff have access to a confidential 24-hour toll-free Child Safety Hotline, 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email [email protected].
Mandatory criminal background checks are required every year for every staff and board member at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township 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 the National Sex Offender Registry.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any critical incident/safety concerns to local authorities immediately. We are also required to report any critical incident to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.
We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Club(s).
Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as seminars, conferences, webinars, and an annual safety symposium. 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. Our Club Site Leaders are required to complete the BGCA’s 13-course Sexual Abuse Prevention Training, which includes:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township has established a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies. Priorities and initiatives of the committee include establishing, managing and updating the following:
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.
We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.
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:
Locally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township partners with the Carpentersville Police Department, Carpentersville Fire Department, School District 300 and School District 220 to discuss Club Safety procedures, identify risks, and share best practices
Nationally, the 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 the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township VClub digital program policies can be found here.
20 S. Grove St., Suite # 201
Carpentersville, IL 60110
Phone: (847) 551-4309