Top 10 Child Protection Best Practices

There are child protection best practices that organizations can put into place. While big cases make the headlines, the risk for children being abused is far closer to home than either the news reports or we want to believe. Organizations that work with children and families want to keep children in their care safe from harm.  Effective child protection programs have the following top 10 child protection best practices in common. 

  1. Independent Child Protection Board: The board is responsible for providing guidance or making decisions related to all of the elements of child protection and best practices for the organization.

  2. Written policies:  A set of policies, procedures and activities that will align with your organization’s values.

  3. Code of conduct: A simple to understand, clearly defined documented code of ethical behavior standards must be a part of child protection best practices.

  4. Background screening: Background check all employees and volunteers working with or around children in your organization.

  5. Employee and volunteer training: Education and training are critical components of the protection efforts in your organization.

  6. Educating children: Empower children to stop or reduce any potential abuse.

  7. Parent education: Have parents be a part of the child protection team.

  8. Risk management: Someone has to be responsible to implement, track, monitor and hold responsible the participating parties for adherence to the organization’s child protection program protocols.

  9. Insurance: Acquire liability insurance.

  10. Victim assistance: The organization needs to be prepared to address the needs of potential victims. 

Whether an organization is small or large, in a metropolitan area or a rural community, all elements of these child protection best practices can be implemented. And each step must be done continually and consistently for all affected populations within your organization.