Twelve Federal agencies are developing a plan for Federal youth policy. We want the committee to include a policy requiring that youth-serving organizations receiving Federal funds have organizational policies, procedures and training in child sexual abuse prevention.
Join with us to keep children safe from sexual harm by making sure organizations who work with youth implement policies and practices that reduce the risk of children being sexually abused.
Read and sign this petition to tell the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs that child sexual abuse prevention training and organizational policies should be included in the Federal youth safety policy they are currently developing.
Child sexual abuse causes life-long damaging effects on individual victims and their families, as well as society as a whole.
But we can prevent this trauma BEFORE a child is harmed. Practices and policies exist that can reduce the risk of children being sexually abused.
Schools and other youth serving organizations have a responsibility for providing safe environments for the youth they serve. They are uniquely positioned to:
• Actively prevent child sexual abuse both inside and outside the organizational environment.
• Recognize possible signs of current or past sexual abuse in the youth they serve.
• Recognize possible signs that adults or youth might be at risk to abuse a child.
• Respond to concerns or incidents of abuse in a lawful manner that also directs those directly involved to appropriate professional help and prevents further abuse.
Requiring increased child sexual abuse education and policies for child-serving professionals and organizations will create safer environments that result in fewer incidents of abuse, earlier and more appropriate interventions, reduced harm, and greater overall safety for children.
We appeal to you to include child sexual abuse prevention organizational policy standards and staff training requirements in their recommendations for federal youth safety policy.
Thank you for your commitment to keeping children safe from sexual harm and supporting them to develop to their fullest potential.