Safety is Our Number One Priority
At Boys & Girls Club of Janesville, there is nothing more important than the safety of our youth. We work every day to create a safe, fun environment, so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct. From strict adherence to policies and guidelines within Club facilities and staffing structure, to equipping young people with the critical thinking and social-emotional skills to make healthy, safe choices, ensuring Club members are safe is the first step to their success.
Culture of Safety
Boys & Girls Club of Janesville 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:
These policy resources can be requested from the Administrative Specialist at any time and are provided at the time of member enrollment.
Our emergency evacuation site is First Congregational United Church of Christ, 54 S. Jackson St., Janesville, WI. From there, parents/guardians will need to take direction from the Janesville Police Department or Boys & Girls Club staff.
Boys & Girls Club of Janesville has comprehensive safety policies in place that protect youth – including, but not limited to, supervision, transportation, communication, prohibiting one-on-one contact, and a drug-free facility.
24-Hour Toll-Free Child Safety Hotline
We encourage all staff, members, and families to report any incident or situation they feel is unsafe to local child protective services or law enforcement. Through our national partnership with Praesidium, one of the nation’s leading safety experts, Boys & Girls Club of Janesville members and staff have access to a confidential, 24-hour, toll-free Child Safety Hotline, 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email SafeClub@Praesidiuminc.com.
Mandatory Background Checks
Mandatory background checks are required every year for each staff and Board member at Boys & Girls Club of Janesville. In addition, criminal background checks are required for any volunteer who has direct contact with children. A National Sex Offender Registry search is also conducted for all employees, Board members, and any volunteer who has direct contact with children.
Required Immediate Reporting
Per state statues and as a licensed childcare provider through the Department of Children and Families, Boys & Girls Club of Janesville staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any suspected child abuse and/or neglect to local authorities immediately. We are also required to report any critical incident to Department of Children and Families and Boys & Girls Club of America within 24 hours.
Mandatory Annual Safety Assessment
We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Club.
Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as fire safety, active shooter preparedness, recognizing child abuse and neglect, bullying prevention, suicide prevention, and social emotional support. 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.
Boys & Girls Club of Janesville has a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies. Priorities and initiatives include:
- Building Safety
- Emergency Preparedness
- Verify submission of the annual safety assessment
- Review results of all safety assessment to identify areas for improvement
- Review safety policies
- Implement solutions to ensure the safety of all members, staff, volunteers, and visitors
Mandatory Employee and Volunteer Reference
Boys & Girls Club of Janesville conducts a reference check on any candidate for employment or volunteer service, including Board members.
If a candidate for employment or volunteer service has previous experience with another Boys & Girls Club, a reference from the former Boys & Girls Club supervisor must be obtained prior to extending an offer for employment or volunteer service. Any employee interested in moving to another Boys & Girls Club is required to have a reference from the previous Club, even if the Clubs are within the same community.
State and Local Laws
We comply with federal, state, and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles. We also comply with the Department of Children and Families group childcare license requirements to maintain our state childcare license.
Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with leading experts in the areas of safety, security, and technology to develop state-of-the-art solutions for Clubs. Partners include:
- National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts and organizations
- Blue Ribbon Taskforce, comprised of local Club leaders charged with providing input on the safety direction and key safety initiatives
- Mental Health First Aid, a national program that teaches sills to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse
- Crisis Text Line, a confidential text message service for youth in times of crisis
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.
Locally, Boys & Girls Club of Janesville partners with:
- Janesville Police Department
- Janesville Fire Department
- School District of Janesville
- Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change
- Rock County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force
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 Boys & Girls Club of Janesville. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page.