The development of children is the foundation on which the Y’s values were built. This is why the safety of all children in our care is our number one priority. Staff and volunteers at the Keene Family YMCA follow our Code of Conduct to ensure the safety of all children who come through our doors, whether they’re regular program participants or only visit once a year. A major part of this Code of Conduct is our Child Abuse Prevention Policy.
During Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Y wants to make sure that all members understand this Code of Conduct. A key tool in abuse prevention is knowledge, so it’s important that parents and caregivers are informed of the Y’s policies around children. Together we can work to ensure all children in our community reach their full potential.
In addition to our Code of Conduct, the Y also has a number of safety measures intended to keep kids safe. This includes criminal background checks on staff and volunteers, required staff training on recognizing and preventing abuse, prohibiting staff/volunteers from being alone with a child where they cannot be observed by others, limiting staff contact with children outside of Y programs both in person and through digital channels like social media and email, and reporting all allegations or suspicions of abuse to law enforcement.
If you have questions about the Y’s Code of Conduct or our child safety measures policy, please contact Member Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.