Youth programs must be effective, fun, creative and affordable. But above all, they must be safe, safe, safe! When considering an organization to work with your child, you should ask some really tough questions:
1) Does the organization have a long, established track record of safety? Has there ever been an accusation of injury, abuse or neglect of a child?
2) Are all adult workers background checked, both for criminal and sex abuse allegations? Does the organization have an ongoing child safety training program for the adults who will be working with your children?
3) How many of the adult workers are CPR/AED certified in case there is ever a need? Are there trained medical personnel who work directly with the organization?
4) What is the student to adult ratio used by the organization? This is critical to both safety and program effectiveness.
5) Does the organization exceed state mandates for child protection training, supervision and security to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your child?
6) Does the organization have appropriate insurance coverage in case of an incident or medical emergency?
If the answer to any of the above questions is ‘no’, you should give careful consideration to whether your child can be involved with the organization.