This episode made me sad to have to deliver, but this is a subject that is important to talk about. Better now than after another child is abused. Violations of youth protection result in pain that can last a lifetime. It’s important to talk about the pain that’s already happened, but it is equally important to talk about making it harder for this kind of abuse to happen in the future.
Today’s kids are tomorrow’s victims – unless we do something to prevent that from happening.
In this episode, we reveal the system that we put in place to prevent abuse in our Club. Learn how we do it, and share what best practices you may be aware of.
In this Episode
Framing my perspetive on Youth Protection
Assumptions: Predators are on the Hunt
Predators are (and have been) among us
Our 4-step process for protection
Step 1: Creating and being clear about the rules
Use the school system
Darkness to Light
Leverage other clubs
Mandatory items for all coaches and adult volunteers who work with children
National Centers for Safety Initiatives (NCSI)
Getting arrested vs creating a record
After the offense
Background checks alone are not enough
Step 2: Communicate often with parents and coaches
Counseling players safely
Step 3: Reinforcing the rules as often as possible
Step 4: Review the rules each year during annual planning
Prevent the news from happening (Summary)
Resources Mentioned in this Podcast
- “National Center For Safety Initiatives – Protecting Vulnerable Populations.” National Center For Safety Initiatives – Protecting Vulnerable Populations, www.ncsisafe.com/.
- “Homepage.” Darkness to Light, www.d2l.org/.