BENEFITS OF COMMIT TO KIDS

Child-Serving Organizations:

  • Have an ethical and legal obligation to help protect the children they serve from victimization.
  • Are at greater risk of attracting individuals who have a sexual interest in children as well as those with emotional/psychological issues that could result in harm to children.
  • Have a greater responsibility to protect children from victimization.
  • Must establish safeguards in the form of programs, strategies, policies and protocols in order to prevent or stop abuse.
  • Must keep the safety of the children they serve paramount. If child abuse occurs, the immediate and long-term protection of the child is crucial, and should be addressed by the implementation of detailed reporting procedures and protocols.
  • Should foster a culture of transparency, where talking about sensitive issues is encouraged and where sensitive topics are open for discussion, creating trust and accountability.
  • Require standard and enhanced screening tools such as criminal record checks, vulnerable sector screenings, child abuse registry checks (MB + NS) and reference checks.
  • Must stop and intervene as soon as possible in any ongoing abuse that is discovered.

Commit to Kids can be included in (or combined with) broader initiatives to create safe environments for children and employees/volunteers. These may include policies dealing with general physical abuse, discrimination, emotional abuse, and other forms of misconduct.