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The Worst Child Safety Habits and How To Replace Them

  1. Operating Without a Child Protection Policy (CPP). The purpose of a CPP is to define how an organization intends to protect and care for the children it serves. Whether your organization is small or large, it is never a good idea to function without one. A CPP helps ensure everyone coming into contact with kids has been screened and has a defined set of working principles that minimize the grey area for interacting.

Replace the habit by updating an outdated policy or investing the resources to create a new one. No single policy works well in every situation. Each policy is unique and considers factors such as your mission, size, facility design, priorities, values, and goals. 

  1. Not Establishing a Check-In or -Out Process. Secure children’s check-in is about more than just attendance tracking. Check-in equips you with tools that improve child safety, increase data accessibility, and connect you with families. Whether you use pen and paper or an electronic solution, specific tracking measures are necessary.

Replace the habit by instituting a check-in and -out process that reduces risk and liability, provides health and safety information, and lets you know who should and shouldn’t be picking up the children. 

It’s easy to get caught up in bad safety habits, but being aware of them and working to replace them with better practices over time is the goal. You don’t have to tackle every habit simultaneously. Instead, start by thinking about the processes in a new way. By changing your thinking, you can change your environment, which ultimately will help change your habits.