Steps to becoming a Partner in Protection:
- Complete the above interest form and liability waiver. Submit completed paperwork to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Provide acknowledgement of completed background checks for all staff and for all volunteers who interact with children and youth.
- Complete annual training in preventing, recognizing and reporting child abuse for all staff and for all volunteers who interact with children and youth.
- Complete, distribute and prominently display a youth protection policy for your organization.
- Establish safety and crisis response protocols as outlined in the youth protection policy and described below.
At a minimum, your Youth Protection Policy and Code of Conduct should address the following:
- Mandatory abuse reporting laws
- Incident response procedures
- Appropriate discipline
- Minimizing risk and opportunity for one-on-one interaction
- Regular review of institutional procedures and safety policies
- Classroom ratios and two-deep leadership policies
- Pick up and release of children
- Overnight accommodations
- Appropriate physical, emotional and spiritual boundaries
- Respect of privacy
- Technology/communication policies
- Receiving and responding to disclosure of abuse or inappropriate behavior.
- Responding to a child who discloses abuse.
- Responding to abuse in crisis.
- Communicating with the child or teenager's family.
If you suspect that a child is at risk of abuse, Texas law requires that you call the Texas child abuse hotline at 1-800-252-5400. If a child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. See our Guide to Reporting Abuse.