Maxine Wilson, Chief Operating Officer
Harold Love, Vice President of Club Services
At Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) the safety of our young people is always our number one priority.
Our organization is committed to the highest standards of safety and integrity and has zero tolerance for behavior that harms children. Our caring staff are focused on providing both physically and emotionally safe places for our children and teens to thrive. To compliment this, we work hard to design our Clubhouses and Camp with physical and emotional safety in mind.
The following bullet points illustrate just a few measures BGCSF has taken to remain laser focused on our safety practices and policies.
Beyond this, we have established layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids safe:
Background Checks: Mandatory annual criminal background checks for staff and repeat volunteers.
Mandatory Reporting: BGCSF is required to immediately report any suspected abuse or victimization to the appropriate authorities and then to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Reporting and analyzing incidents: Incident reports allow us to gather facts, track trends, and respond to patterns so that we can prevent accidents and wrongdoing, while providing the proper support to staff on the ground.
Reference Requirement: Any employee looking to move to BGCSF from another Boys & Girls Club organization must have a reference from the previous Club to be eligible for rehire.
Trainings: From Safety Awareness Day and Manager-specific Safety Awareness Day to monthly emergency drills, we frequently review and refresh policies related to safety. BGCSF has a two-person Learning & Development Department that manages training and new hire orientation, ensuring that all of us are ready for the responsibility we have for child safety.
Third-Party Safety Leaders: BGCSF benefits from the support of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's national Child & Club Safety Department. As part of this collaboration, the best practices we implement are informed by leading third-party safety experts including Praesidium, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, RAINN, and the National Children's Advocacy Center.
Safety Committees: A Board-led Safety Committee elevates safety to the highest level of governance.
Facility Audits: Clubhouses conduct a safety self-assessment and our BGCSF leadership team participates in three facility audits at each Clubhouse annually. These dedicated engagements allow us to develop plans to improve safety, if a need is identified, as well as to dialogue with Clubhouse leadership about ways to sustain or improve safety.
Visible Resources: Clubs are required to prominently display key safety resources and information, including the Child Safety Helpline and Crisis Text Line.
Policy Communications: Clubs inform parents and caregivers of safety policies during registration or when they attend mandatory member orientations.
We are incredibly proud to be part of an organization that consistently puts the needs of youth first in all of its decisions. What we have shared is merely a glimpse of the comprehensive layers of safety that sustain our unwavering commitment to our kids. A more detailed account of BGCSF’s safety processes can be found here.