Jun26MonJune 26, 2023
We are often asked the question, whose responsibility, is it? In our newsletters over the next few months, we will be offering a series on “Whose responsibility, is it?”
Check out our blogs for the first two segments in the series:
Hats off to Plan to Protect®Administrators! You really deserve the summer off, but unfortunately you know as well as I do that September is coming and you must gear up for the on slot of a new team of volunteers and staff that need to be screened.
There are five steps of implementing Plan to Protect®:
1. Conducting a Risk Assessment
2. Preparing for and Establishing your plan: Professional Development and Policy/Procedure Writing
3. Implementing the plan by screening and training your volunteers
4. Maintaining your plan and your documentation
5. Leveraging your experience and raising the bar of protection even higher
If you have heard me speak of the five steps, you have heard me state that Step #3 is the most difficult and challenging step in the process. This is the stage where the Plan to Protect® Administrator/Committee often gets push back, and will face obstacles. This is where the hard work is of identifying who all needs to be screened and trained and ensuring your volunteer files are in order.
I do feel your pain! I have been there and done that. If you are a solo Plan to Protect® Administrator and not working with a committee, the burden of Plan to Protect® rests on your shoulders.
As a Plan to Protect® Administrator/Leader you will be responsible to administer, implement and maintain a strong abuse prevention program.
Your role and responsivities include:
The list is long. You will also see that this is not a role or project that you undertake and complete, rather it needs ongoing maintenance. Due to the learning curve, we recommend a three-year term of office. Truthfully, we recommend that a committee share the responsibilities of the Plan to Protect® Administrator. If you are reading this and you are a Board Member or Senior Leader, please work with the Administrator to recruit and mobilize a committee to share the load. (More about a committee in an upcoming newsletter).
If you are doing this role as a volunteer or just one segment of your portfolio on a staff team, you are our heroes! I truly believe you will receive extra jewels in your crown in heaven for the work that you do.
Thank you so much.