The Safety and Wellbeing of Young People is Our Number One Priority
We work every day to create a safe, fun environment so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life.
We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct, and we put resources behind that stance.
Culture of Safety: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire continually updates robust safety policies, programs and training for our staff and volunteers that are designed to promote child safety and protect young people from threats that are present in our society. We implement layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids safe including:
FBI Fingerprint Background Checks are conducted on every volunteer and staff member.
Adults are prohibited from being alone with one minor. This includes all of our service sites, bus rides to and from the Club, mentoring services, etc.
Adults are not to be alone with a child in the bathroom with the door closed and are never to be in a closed stall with a child.
All staff receive training on sexual harassment, sexual grooming and signs of child sexual abuse.
All staff receive and review policies and procedures, including the employee toolkit and policy manual updated annually.
All program staff are required to receive a minimum of 18 hours of professional development each year.
The organizational chart has been restructured to include a COO, who will focus on staff training and supervision.
24-hour Toll-free Child Safety Hotline: We encourage all staff, members and families to report any incident or situation they feel is unsafe. Through our national partnership with Praesidium, one of the nation’s leading safety experts, Boys & Girls Club members and staff have access to a confidential 24-hour toll-free Child Safety Hotline, 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email SafeClub@Praesidiuminc.com.
Mandatory Background Checks: Mandatory criminal background checks are required every year for every staff and board member at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire In addition, criminal background checks are required for any volunteer who has direct contact with children. All potential employees and volunteers are also run through the National Sex Offender registry.
Required Immediate Reporting: Boys & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any critical incident/safety concern to local authorities immediately. We are also required to report any critical incident to Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.
Mandatory Annual Safety Assessments: We complete a safety assessment each year to ensure we continually make improvements to safety at our Clubs.
Safety Trainings: Ongoing training and supervision of staff is critical. We participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted such as [seminars, conferences, webinars and a semi-annual safety symposium]. We also engage leading third-party safety experts to provide guidance for our policies and approaches, including Praesidium, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the National Children’s Advocacy Center.
Safety Committee: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire has a dedicated safety committee to provide input and guidance on local policies and safety strategies.
Mandatory Employee Reference: Any employee interested in moving to another Boys & Girls Club is required to have a reference from the previous Club, even if the Clubs are within the same community.
State and Local Laws: We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.
Safety Partnerships: Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with leading experts in the areas of safety, security and technology to develop state-of-the-art solutions for Clubs. Partners include:
National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts and organizations
Blue Ribbon Taskforce, comprised of local Club leaders charged with providing input on the safety direction and key safety initiatives
Mental Health First Aid, a national program that teaches skills to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse
Crisis Text Line, a confidential text message service for youth in times of crisis
Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has advocated the passage of the U.S. PROTECT Act, which improved background screening systems and access. The national organization has also partnered with the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Centers for Disease Control to contribute to the development of safety practices that benefit ALL youth-serving organizations.
America’s young people deserve nothing less than our constant focus on their safety and our firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire. To learn more about our national safety policies and actions, please visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Child Safety page, here.
SB 247: Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning from Paint and Water
On February 8, 2018 NH adopted Senate Bill 247 "Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning from Paint and Water." This law requires, among other actions, that all schools and licensed childcare facilities test for lead in drinking water at all locations where water is available for consumption by children. In accordance with this the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire conducted these tests in June of 2019. The data collected has been uploaded to the NH DES and is available here for the following sites: Bradley Street, Lakes Region and Suncook facilities. There will also be paper copies posted on site.
The other facilities that are in use by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire and its extension units are located in schools and can be found on the individual school district websites:
Concord School District SAU # 8 - Broken Ground/Mill Brook, Christa McAuliffe, Eastman
Franklin School District SAU # 18 - Franklin
Kearsarge School District SAU # 65- Warner, Sutton
Weare School District SAU # 24 - Weare
Andover School District SAU # 46 - Andover
Holderness School District SAU # 48 - Holderness
or at the NH DES website.