ERIC Number: ED499191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures
Saul, Janet; Audage, Natalie C.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Youth-serving organizations strive to create a safe environment for youth, employees, and volunteers so that youth can grow, learn, and have fun. Part of creating a safe environment is making sure that youth are not harmed in any way while participating in organization-sponsored activities. One risk in any organization working directly with youth is child sexual abuse. It is vital that organizations create a culture where child sexual abuse is discussed, addressed, and prevented. This report is designed for representatives of youth-serving organizations who are interested in adopting strategies to prevent child sexual abuse. Whether these strategies are developed within the context of an overall risk management plan or are addressed separately, organizations need to examine how they can protect youth from sexual abuse. The first section lists six key components of child sexual abuse prevention for organizations. Each component is described in detail, including the prevention goals, critical strategies, and additional strategies that could be considered depending on the context and resources of individual organizations. The sections that follow offer suggestions for addressing challenges to developing and implementing a strategy to prevent child sexual abuse and provide tools to help organizations move forward. (Contains 3 tables and 2 footnotes. Appended are the following: (1) Participant List; and (2) Resource List and Sample Policies.)
Descriptors: Youth, Organizations (Groups), Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Child Safety, Prevention, Risk Management, Organizational Culture, Strategic Planning, Personnel Policy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333. Tel: 800-311-3435; Tel: 404-639-3311; Web site: http://www.cdc.gov
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.