Our YMCA child protection plan focuses on screening, hiring, training and education, supervision, performance management, and feedback systems.

  • SCREENING staff with a comprehensive interview process, reference check, criminal background check, sex offender record check.

  • TRAINING all staff members to complete extensive child abuse prevention training programs. Supervisors complete additional training to further promote a child-safe environment.

  • POLICIES are enforced at all of our locations to ensure staff are never alone with a child. Interactions with adults and children at our Ys are designed to be observable. 

  • PREVENTION is the answer. The YMCA of Long Island partners with Darkness to Light, Praesidium, Redwoods Group Foundation, and YMCA Guardians for Child Protection to bring prevention training to our staff and the communities we serve. Our Y works with schools, community organizations, local businesses, and more to train community members to help us keep our children safe. 

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