More than 80% of sexual abuse incidents happen in isolated, one-on-one situations with a child
Learn how to avoid this…
- Eliminate or reduce isolated, one-on-one situations to decrease risk of abuse
- Choose group situations and have multiple adults supervise children
- Scan the physical environment for hidden areas and correct dangers
- Make sure interactions can be observed and interrupted
- Remember that older youth should not be in isolated, one-on-one situations with younger children.
In schools and youth organisations:
- Ask for the document on best practices in schools and youth organisations
- Conduct background checks
- Conduct in-person interviews for new hires and volunteers
- Conduct personal and professional reference checks
- Have a code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
- Have a policy for responding to disclosures and discoveries of child sexual abuse.
- Have a policy for responding to inappropriate behavior, breaches in policy and suspicion of abuse.