Safety is Our #1 Priority

Ensuring child safety is fundamental to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. We work every day to create a safe environment for our kids.

 

Commitment to Safety

There is nothing more important than the safety of our youth members. We work every day to create a safe, fun environment, so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We have no tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct, and we put resources behind that stance. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County continually updates robust safety policies, programs, and trainings for staff and volunteers to promote child safety and protect young people from threats in our society. These resources include but are not limited to:

  • A safe, positive environment (encompassing both physical and emotional safety)
  • Youth development experts trained in social-emotional learning and trauma informed care
  • Innovative safety policies that protect the physical and emotional well being of our young people

Ensuring the safety of our Club kids

At Boys & Girls Clubs, we incorporate national safety standards and work with other community organizations to consistently strengthen our safety programming through new trainings. 

Background Checks

Mandatory criminal background checks are required for every employee, volunteer, and board member who has direct contact with children. These are conducted in advance, as well as each year.

Training & Tools

Each year, staff receive training on the requirements of being a Mandated Reporter, how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse, First Aid/CPR, Supervision of Children, Safety First, and more.

Equipment

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County focuses on safety when making resource allocations and decisions regarding equipment and other capital expenditures.

Facilities

Club-owned facilities have been renovated or built to maintain clear lines of sight throughout the building, allow for single-use restrooms, and eliminate any blind spots from supervision.

Policies

Our Safety Policies & Procedures outline clear steps to prevent safety issues and concerns. See below for more information on the steps we take to ensure safety is our #1 priority.

BGCKC employs a zero-tolerance policy for any disregard of our procedures. If any issues or concerns are brought to our attention, we contact the police and Child Protective Services immediately. If you have any safety-related concerns or questions, please contact your local Club OR our CEO, Laurie Black. Additionally, the national organization offers a 24-hour hotline, 1-866-607-SAFE, and has developed a Child Safety Portal.

Please read about all the steps we take to ensure the safety of our Club members.

 

Safety Partnerships

Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with leading experts in the areas of safety, security and technology to develop state-of-the-art solutions for Clubs. Partners include:

  • National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts and organizations
  • Blue Ribbon Taskforce, composed of local Club leaders who provide input on safety direction and key safety initiatives
  • Mental Health First Aid, a national program that teaches skills to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse
  • Crisis Text Line, a confidential text message service for youth in times of crisis

Our Safety Committee

Nick Biesold

McKinstry

Laurie Black

CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Tomeka Brooks

SE Network SafetyNet Administrative Assistant, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Dr. Dena Brownstein

MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine (Retired)

Stephen Charlton

Hanover Insurance

Matt Earnhardt

McKinstry

Jamie Heil

Area Director (East/Bainbridge), Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Ellie Hooman

Chief Human Resources Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Stacy Kain

Executive Director of Program Quality
Internal Committee Lead
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Steve Legg

Starbucks

Emily Mathiesen

Senior Program Director (East)
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Adam Monda

Senior Program Director (NE)
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Chief Harold Scoggins

Seattle Fire Department
External Committee Lead

Jordan Stair

The Partners Group

Antione Taylor

Teen Director (Federal Way) Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

A/Lieutenant Heidi Tuttle

Seattle Police Department