Have you heard me say, “we will buried alive in paperwork as administrators of abuse prevention and the protection”? Today, I thought I’d answer some of your most pressing questions about documentation and electronic documentation.
Why should you keep documentation permanently?
There are many reasons we should be securely managing our documentation.
What documentation should we be keeping?
To demonstrate our due diligence and duty of care, we should be keeping:
Unfortunately, we have heard too often of individuals who obey the law and make a report, only to be told they shouldn’t have reported, or are reprimanded for reporting. I heard about one staff member that was preparing for a volunteer training event. She had brought her preschooler with her while she was setting up the chairs and tables for the training.
She took her eyes off her daughter for a few minutes and a member came into the building and sexually abused the young child. When the mother found out about it, she reported it to the Police and to leadership. Leadership challenged her for reporting the abuse and said that it should have been handled internally not externally. When she disagreed, they gave her notice that her employment was coming to an end.
Over and over I hear stories of people being shunned, scolded, harassed and even fired for reporting abuse. I find it so alarming that organizations that are committed to the protection of children, turn on the Chair of their protection committee, and reporters when they feel they have a legal duty to report abuse.Never is our commitment of protection tested as much as when someone feels called to report, and we have a choice to support the reporters.
At Plan to Protect®, we are very concerned about this issue! We’ve decided to provide you with an unprecedented preview of part of our policy on the Reporting and Response section of our manual. Please consider adopting this policy statement for your organization! We only ask that you reference the source if you use it.
Sep28WedSeptember 28, 2016
We all know young people use text, web and various social messaging channels to communicate directly and privately with friends, family, staff members and volunteers in trusted organizations they are a part of.
I have young adult children, and I know they do most of their communication via text and social media. When my children created a profile on Facebook, I joined Facebook. When they signed up for Twitter, I was soon to follow.
One of the reasons I joined was, if it was important to them and they were talking about it, I also wanted to experience it. With my children now living internationally, I am able to stay in touch with them in real time, able to share pictures and get tidbits of news.
Aug29MonAugust 29, 2016
The purpose of this paper is to provide a strong standard of protection to minimize incidences of abuse, injury and harm and to minimize risk to the vulnerable sector, organizations and their staff and volunteers caring for the children.
Jun29WedJune 29, 2016
Four years ago the Executive Director of a large community service agency asked me what our recommendations on the issue of transgender and gender dysphoria. This service organization had recently had boys asking to register for their all girl’s programs. At the time, I did not have a well formulated, or well-researched response. I suggested they consult with a lawyer … a safe answer as I didn’t have the answers to give.
May31TueMay 31, 2016
May26ThuMay 26, 2016
Relationships are the priority for the children and youth’s ministry at Central Baptist Church in Edmonton.
But for children and youth to build relationships with God, they need to be able to trust the church leading them.
“I want all of our volunteers to be just as convinced as I am that the church should be the safest place on earth and that the church should be a place that children can know that they are safe and that they are cared for,” said Jud Stade, the church’s emerging generations pastor, meaning he’s responsible for overseeing ministries for children to young adults in their mid-20s.