“The absolute most important promise we make to the community and specifically to our Club Members and their parents is to do everything within our power to keep kids safe. Safe from any type of harm. We work daily to put in place every best practice we can to do this,” – Jennifer Weiss, Chief Executive Officer.
For more than 100 years, child protection and safety have been the bedrock principles of our work. In today’s world, young people are faced with enormous challenges – from poverty to the high school dropout crisis to an obesity epidemic – that threaten their chance to have great futures. And, unfortunately, headlines remind us every day that we live in a dangerous world that puts too many young people at serious risk.
Given these realities, we must be ever-vigilant in ensuring that our Clubs are safe havens for Sonoma and Marin County’s youth, staffed by caring adult mentors who have the best interests of kids at heart. While child safety has been priority #1 for Clubs throughout our history, our work in this area is never done.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin is committed to helping our Clubs provide a safe and secure experience for youth. Our policies, detailed below, prohibit staff ,volunteers, parents, or other Members from abusing, mistreating, or having any inappropriate conduct with Members. We take these policies seriously. If you see any suspicious behavior while in our Clubs, we encourage you to immediately notify the Program Director and/or call our anonymous abuse reporting line at 707-528-7977 ext 300.
To keep these commitments to the Members & families we serve, as well as the broader community, we have put in place the following policies, practices, and procedures to maximize safety in our Clubs*. Violation of any of these policies can lead to immediate termination.
All staff & volunteers undergo a strict background check prior to employment. Local police agencies, sheriff departments, District Attorneys, and probation departments compile and submit arrest and conviction information to the California Department of Justice. All of our applicants undergo a live scan, which is a request for this information using digital fingerprint scanning. Pursuant to California Penal Code section 11105(m), we receive the following information during a live scan:
This background check process provides live & ongoing updates if any member of our team breaks the law in anyway. The Department of Justice sends us Subsequent Arrest and Disposition Notifications each time a team member is arrested. We follow up on these updates immediately and make decisions regarding continued employment prior to the start of this employee’s next shift.
* In rare cases, usually when working with teens and always with parent permission and CEO approval, we allow variation in these practices to best serve kids & families.
Keeping kids safe takes a community. If you are concerned that a young person in your life is being abused but is not connected to one of our Clubs, contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453). If you are unsure if a young person is being abused, we encourage you to review these common signs of abuse.
Our message to communities and parents is clear: We work every day to create a safe, fun environment where kids can pursue academic success, good character, and a healthy lifestyle – all under the guidance of caring, trained, trustworthy adult leaders.
And our message to anyone who would potentially compromise our Clubs and our mission is equally clear: We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, and we put resources behind that stance.
Our community’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.
1400 North Dutton Ave. Ste. 24
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone: (707) 528-7977
Fax: (707) 528-7933
Tax ID# 68-0309534
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