CLUB SAFETY

Safety Is – And Always Will Be – Our #1 Priority

THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE IS OUR #1 PRIORITY.

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, we work hard every day to create a safe and fun environment
so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life.

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, we work hard every day to create a safe and fun environment
so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life.

We have ZERO tolerance for illegal activity or inappropriate behavior of any kind.
The safety and well-being of all children in our care is our highest priority.

If you have questions concerning any of the safety information on this page,
please contact Courtney Payne-Taylor – Operations Director – at (812) 332-5311 or by email.

OUR CLUB SAFETY PRACTICES 

–> Culture of Safety: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington (BGCB) 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. All staff, volunteers and board members interacting with youth are required to complete Spillett University child and sexual abuse prevention training.

–> 24-Hour Toll-Free Child Safety Hotline: 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, BGCB members and staff have access to a confidential and 24-hour toll-free Child Safety Hotline, 866-607-SAFE (7233) or a email SafeClub@Praesidiuminc.com.

–> Mandatory Background Checks: Mandatory criminal background checks are required each year for every staff and board member. 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.

–> Required Immediate Reporting: Staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any critical incident/safety concern to local authorities immediately. Additionally, we are required to report any critical incident to the
Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.

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

–> Safety Trainings: On-going training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as seminars, conferences, webinars, and a semi-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.

–> Safety Committee:  Through the BGCB Board of Directors, a dedicated Safety Committee is organized specifically to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies. Our board-led Safety Committee meets once each month and also
completes quarterly inspections at all Club sites.

–> Mandatory Employee Reference: Any employee interested in moving to another Boys & Girls Club affiliate is required to have a reference from the previous Club, even if the two Clubs are within the same community.

–> State and Local Laws: We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting
our facilities and Club-owned vehicles.

–> Safety Partnerships: 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, such as: National Child Safety Advisory Task Force – a coalition made up of leading experts and organizations; Blue Ribbon Taskforce – comprised of local Club leaders charged with providing input on safety direction and initiatives; Mental Health First Aid – a national program that teaches skills to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse; and Crisis Text Line – a confidential text message service for youth in times of crisis.

Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has advocated the passage of the U.S. PROTECT Actwhich 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.

Our community’s young people deserve nothing less than our constant focus on their safety with our firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care.

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

CONFIDENTIAL HELP 

–> National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453 | Provides free 24/7 access for adults and youth to professional child abuse crisis counselors who offer crisis intervention and confidential referrals.

–> Child Safety Helpline: 866-607-7233 | Praesidium provides employees, volunteers, parents, and youth with an anonymous help-line for reporting of suspicious or inappropriate behaviors regarding children.

–> Ethics Point Hotline | Provides employees, volunteers, and parents an anonymous reporting avenue of any unethical or illegal activity in the workplace.

–> Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741 | Provides free 24/7 access for adults and youth to confidential support with professional crisis counselors.

–> Report to Child Protective Services: 800-800-5556 | Provides 24/7 access for adults and youth local anonymous reporting of child abuse and/or neglect.

ADDITIONAL CLUB SAFETY PROTOCOLS

–> BGCB COVID-19 Policy (effective March 4, 2022):

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington follows the leadership of MCCSC, RBB and the MCHD in making policy decisions around COVID 19.  We appreciate the support and expertise provided by these community partners as well as IU Health in getting through these past two years.

Effective on March 4th the policy will update with the pandemic.  This will reflect the same expectations held by all of our public schools.

  1. Masks will be optional for staff and members both inside and outside of the Clubs.  The decision to wear a mask will be left to the families.  The Club will ensure everyone is supported for making the choice that is best for them.
  2. BGCB will continue to hand wash at key times of the Club day.
  3. BGCB will continue to maintain a focus on cleaning and has UV lights for additional cleaning as needed.
  4. BGCB no longer will conduct contact tracing or report positive cases.
  5. BGCB no longer will require quarantining of students who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case regardless of vaccination status.
  6. Individuals who are confirmed to have COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status or symptoms MUST isolate.

RETURN FROM ISOLATION –
• Individuals aged five (5) and up who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five (5) days from onset of symptoms or positive test if asymptomatic and may return on day six (6) if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication so long as symptoms are improving. Individuals should wear a mask through day ten (10).
• A negative COVID test or doctor’s note is no longer required to return to school.

RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER SYMPTOMS –

A negative test or doctor’s note is not required to return to the Club. The individual may return to the Club when symptoms are improving and the individual is fever-free for more than 24 hours.

Any future updates with MCCSC and MCHD we will continue to follow moving forward.

Thank you for being our partners in safety!

Information accurate as of 6/8/2021.