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11 Ways To Create a Safe and Inclusive Environment

8. Establish a Check-In & -Out Process

Children’s check-in is about much more than attendance tracking. It is often referred to as the front door to your organization and has a huge impact on a new family’s decision to return. Whether using pen and paper or an electronic solution, secure children’s check-in will help strengthen child safety, increase data accessibility, and connect you with families.  

9. Be a No Bully Zone

Bullying comes in many forms: physical, cultural, verbal, emotional, sexual, and cyberbullying. Nationwide, 20% of kids ages 12-18 experience some type of bullying. Regardless of socioeconomic factors or whether kids attend a public or private school, ministry, camp, sports, daycare, or an after-school program, bullying happens with effects that can last a lifetime. By having a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, you will foster an environment that encourages transparency, prioritizes communication, and empowers kids to respect and support each other. 

10. Communicate Often 

Clear, consistent communication can be transformative for an organization both in the short- and long-term. However, developing better communication skills can be difficult when your to-do list constantly grows. As a leader, focus on sending or scheduling brief and concise updates that draw your audience’s attention, highlight action, ask for involvement, or call out a specific safety policy. Receiving communication via email, text, or through social media that is quick and easy to read can make an impact. 

11. Commit to Screening Candidates

While you can work hard to include the other tips and offer a supportive and inclusive environment, if you are unaware of whom you give direct access to kids, you will undoubtedly encounter an unfortunate incident. The value of screening candidates for kids and youth has grown significantly. Screening prevents bad behavior, provides higher quality volunteers, and protects families, staff, and the organization.