Category Archives: Organizational services

Protecting Kids Protects Organizations

Istock-Image-Commentary-VessingRecently the Chronicle of Higher Education asked me to write an article on how Penn State University failed to create the safeguards necessary to protect kids and colleges.   Here is the link for the article:  

The message is similar to the one I wrote a decade before in my University of New England Press book on How To Keep Your Children Safe and articles that I’ve written for the Child Care Exchange. Let me summarize the bottom line:

When a parent allows an organization of any sort to interact with their child, they are assuming that the organization and its employees will adhere to professional conduct and implement all policies and behaviors necessary to keep their children safe.  There is an implicit trust placed upon organizations to protect children and youth.  When they fail to do so, the partnership is shattered.  This is undoubtedly why the Boy Scouts, the Catholic Church, and Penn State tried to hush their employees’ problematic and abusive behaviors. The public now is skeptical of any and every organization and business with whom their children interact.  Things that perhaps a business could get away with in the past are more likely to be targets of concern.  False accusations could be made when a business isn’t transparent about their practices.  A  wise self-preservation strategy for organizations is simply “to do the right things” to protect kids.  In doing this, they protect their workers and themselves.  The bottom  line is that organizations have a wonderful opportunity to be a major force for social change when they add a child abuse prevention training protocol to their operations.

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Child Rights Organizations

There are many organizations and individuals working to protect children.  Here are some of my favorites, in case you want to check them out.  Maybe they’ll become some of your favorites too!  shutterstock_216991285

Children’s Defense Fund

First Focus                       

Child Rights Campaign