Child Safety

Child Safety is Job No. 1 at the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside (BGCC). 

Ensuring child safety is fundamental to the mission of BGCC. 

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 commitment.

Culture of Safety:  Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside 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 asking all your staff and volunteers to obtain

  • Federal Background check.
  • Live Scan fingerprint check.
  • And participate in Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training.

Mandatory Background Checks:  Mandatory criminal background checks are required for every staff and board member at BGCC.  In addition, criminal background checks are required for any volunteer who has direct contact with children.

Required Immediate Reporting: All BGCC staff are 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.

Safety Policies:  BGCC has comprehensive safety policies in place to protect youth – including, but not limited to, supervision, transportation, communication and prohibiting private one-on-one contact.

Mandatory Annual Safety Assessments: We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Club.

Safety Committee:  BGCC has a dedicated Board Lead safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies.

For local questions, please contact Board Member, Roger Estella, Chair of our Safety Committee at (650) 255 – 8916.

 

National Safety Partnerships and Leadership

 24-hour Toll-free Child Safety Hotline:  Boys and Girls Club of America provides a confidential, toll-free Child Safety Helpline to all current or previous Club staff, members or families to report any incident or situation in which they feel unsafe. To access the Child Safety Helpline, call 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email SafeClub@Praesidiuminc.com.

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

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. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.