3 Questions to Ask YOUR Child's Summer Camp

Keeping our children safe from abuse must be the highest priority. Here are some questions you can ask your child’s summer camp to find out what they are doing to #ProtectPAKids

1) Do all the staff and volunteers working with children have their child abuse and criminal background clearances?

In many instances, criminal background clearances are required by law for those working or volunteering with children. Know the laws and consider going above the minimum requirement in the law to ensure all those who have contact with children have no history of abusing children.

2) Do you have a child protection policy?

Summer camps should have child protection policies that use known prevention strategies. For example, limiting one adult with one child - ensuring that two adults are always present with children helps to ensure accountability and lesson the opportunity for abuse.  PFSA has a sample child protection policy and is open to reviewing such policies to ensure known prevention strategies
are being used.  

3)  What training do the staff and volunteers receive regarding child abuse identification and reporting?

Summer camps should provide comprehensive training for both staff and volunteers on child abuse identification and reporting so they know what to do when they suspect child abuse.  PFSA provides free training on how to recognize and report child abuse, with scenarios that are relevant. Schedule a free onsite training today.

Despite the cost, the focus must always be on zero tolerance for the maltreatment of children, which requires a high level of honesty and transparency throughout the organization. 

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