"One and Done" Training Not Enough To Protect Nonprofits From Child Predators
Written exclusively for My Community Workplace for Not-For-Profits Organizations
Commentary and Checklist
Police arrested a former employee of an Omaha child services organization and charged her with first-degree sexual abuse of a child. The woman worked at the agency at the time she first had sexual contact with the victim, who was then a 16-year-old boy receiving services from the agency.
During a police interview, the victim disclosed three incidents of sexual contact, one of which occurred at the agency. The agency is cooperating with police and has emphasized a continuing commitment to protecting the youth they serve. All employees undergo background checks and training on appropriate conduct and reporting sexual abuse.
The woman faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Maggie Cunningham "Former Child Saving Institute employee arrested for first-degree assault of a client," www.ketv.com (Jan. 19, 2018).
- Review staff conduct policies, emphasizing any changes that have been made. Be specific about what behaviors are inappropriate.
- Detail the possible consequences of violating the conduct policy, including potential criminal charges.
- Discuss multiple scenarios.
- Provide information on how to recognize behaviors in both the predator and the victim that may signify sexual abuse.
- Communicate your procedures for reporting suspicions of abuse.
- Make sure everyone understands the responsibility to report any suspicious behaviors, regardless of who they suspect is engaging in misconduct.
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