Youth protection hotline
Nothing is more important than the well-being of those we serve. To help Kiwanians protect youth, Kiwanis International has opened a hotline to report a troubling incident involving a youth and/or club member. The hotline is available in two ways:
In 2014, the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees approved the addition of Section 9 to Article VIII of the organization’s bylaws—providing direction to clubs regarding “depraved or unacceptable behavior in relation to youth or children.” One new requirement was for a Kiwanis club to report such behavior, and such a club member, to the proper authorities and to Kiwanis International.
With the new hotline, Kiwanis is helping ensure that members have a way to do so promptly.
What kinds of behavior should be reported?
- Documented and confirmed inappropriate touching
- Documented and confirmed inappropriate sexual or bullying conversations
- Documented and confirmed behavior that would be considered contributing to the delinquency of a minor (such as alcohol or drugs)
- A felony conviction involving children or youth
It might be hard to believe that such an incident involving a youth or a club member could happen in any club or community. But there are countless examples among all types of youth service organizations. That’s why Kiwanis International provides club members with information and resources regarding youth protection. Find these resources and links to key information at Kiwanis.org/YouthProtection