The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is standing in the Five Days of Action campaign from April 24-28, 2023.
The weeklong campaign raises awareness and inspires adults to protect children from sexual abuse. The campaign aptly takes place during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
In addition to regular staff training as part of their everyday commitment to child safety, YGBW plans to raise awareness by sharing tips with members, volunteers, coaches, and other adults to ensure that all are equipped to know, see and respond to any suspicion of child abuse.
“On a daily basis, we provide care, instruction, coaching and mentorship to children of all ages. With this comes a responsibility to ensure that our classrooms, camps, fields, courts and other facilities are safe environments for children,” shares Terri Edgar, Vice President of Operations for YGBW.
“Childhood safety extends beyond our facilities though. This is why we are committed to sharing what we know with the community. It is our collective responsibility to be informed and to keep children safe from harm.”
Know. See. Respond.
YGBW’s awareness-raising efforts are part of the national Know. See. Respond. campaign. It focuses on preventing child sexual abuse in three settings – at summer camp, in youth sports, and in the online world.
With summer camp approaching, the Y recommends using Praesidium’s list of screening questions.
The YMCA is also encouraging adults to act quickly when they see boundaries being crossed or they suspect that a child is being abused. The U.S. Center for SafeSport provides free training and tools to help spot signs of abuse and how parents can help prevent child sexual abuse in youth sports.
The Y is also reminding parents to keep an open line of communication with any children in their care who have access to online content. NetSmartz provides educational tools and a way to report online victimization.
Learn more about how we keep kids safe across the community on YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s website.
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