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 no tolerance for inappropriate behavior, including child sexual abuse or misconduct.
Culture of Safety: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Burlington 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:
FBI background checks are conducted on every volunteer and staff member.
Adults are not allowed to have one-on-one conduct with a Club member. This includes, but is not limited to, all of our Club locations, van rides to and from the Club and mentoring services.
All program staff receive training on sexual grooming and signs of child sexual abuse.
All program staff receive and review policies and procedures, including the employee handbook.
Upon hire and on an annual basis, all program staff receive Vermont state approved training in infant/child CPR and basic aid for children, injury prevention and emergency readiness.
Mandatory Background Checks: Mandatory criminal background checks are required every year for every staff and board member at Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. 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. Based on results of these checks, people may be excluded from employment or volunteer service with the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington.
Required Immediate Reporting: Boys & Girls Club of Burlington staff and volunteers are all 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 within 24 hours.
Mandatory Annual Safety Assessments: We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Clubs.
Safety Trainings: Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as seminars, conferences and webinars. 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: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Burlington has a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies.
Mandatory Employee Reference: The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington conducts reference checks of potential employees in compliance with membership requirements of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and applicable State law.
Federal, State and Local Laws: We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.
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 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Burlington. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.
The afterschool and summer camp programs are programs licensed by the state of Vermont. Accordingly, these programs are held to standards set forth at: