10 Steps to Creating Safe Environments for Children and Youth
A Risk Management Road Map to Prevent Violence and Abuse
While most groups offer programs that are well-planned, safety-conscious and respectful, many overlook the importance of dealing with bullying, harassment and abuse.
It’s imperative that you understand your obligation to provide a safe environment and to protect participants from possible physical and emotional harm—including the harm done by bullying, harassment and abuse. RISK MANAGEMENT is the process of developing a culture, policies, and structures that diminish the risk of an incident; it also involves procedures that will reduce the negative effects of an occurrence on both individuals and the organization.
Effective risk management requires comprehensive prevention planning.
- FIRST, risks must be identified: How could a child be harmed within the organization and service delivery? The potential risk should be analyzed to determine how likely it is, and how serious the harm could be.
- NEXT, a comprehensive plan must be developed to control the risk, and policies and procedures created to handle occurrences.
RespectED has helped many organizations manage the risk and protect their participants by offering a ten-step process that encompasses a constellation of programs and services for youth and adults—including presentations, workshops, training, organizational consulting and manuals on prevention. Programs can be tailored to your specific requirements.
The Ten Steps
- Step 1: Understand the Issue
- Step 2: Recognize the Vulnerability and Resiliency of Children and Youth
- Step 3: Define Protection Instruments
- Step 4: Build Your Team
- Step 5: Complete a Risk Assessment
- Step 6: Develop Policies and Procedures
- Step 7: Educate Adults, Youth and Children
- Step 8: Respond to Disclosures of Violence, Abuse, Bullying and Harassment
- Step 9: Meet the Challenges
- Step 10: Maintain Safe Environments
The price for the Ten Steps program is variable, dependent on the type and size of the services required. Please contact the Red Cross to discuss your needs.
For More Information:
- IN ONTARIO Susan Carter – 905-890-1203 ext. 262
- IN ATLANTIC CANADA Stacy Coy – 506-458-8445 ext. 2260
- IN WESTERN CANADA Sarah Smith – 250-995-3502
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