Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of those we serve—and of the Kiwanians who serve them. That’s why Kiwanis International annually presents Youth Protection Week.
In 2016, Youth Protection Week will be September 11–17. During the week, all Kiwanis clubs should review the Kiwanis youth protection training and evaluate how well they’re adhering to the Youth Protection Guidelines. This year, the guidelines have been revised. It’s particularly important to know the new policy for criminal history background checks.
Here are key areas for your Kiwanis club to focus on during Youth Protection Week.
Train members on youth protection at that week’s Kiwanis club meeting. After completing the training, you and your club members should be able to:
- Understand the Youth Protection Guidelines.
- Identify troubling behavior or abuse.
- Respond appropriately if a child discloses abuse to you or if you witness troubling behavior.
to find all of resources to lead a training and much more! Kiwanis members can also access the online version of the training
to review it on their own time.
Once the training is completed for the Kiwanis year, the Kiwanis secretary should indicate this on the Kiwanis One dashboard.
The new background check policy
On October 1, 2016, Kiwanis advisors to any sponsored Service Leadership Program will be required to have a criminal background check conducted and verified by Kiwanis International. By offering a standard, comprehensive background check for all Kiwanis advisors through Kiwanis International, we can be confident that all Kiwanis clubs are meeting the same criteria. Learn about the new requirements for your club at kiwanis.org/backgroundchecks2016
Your club’s efforts during Youth Protection Week are important to the commitment that all Kiwanians must share. Thank you for protecting young people—and the Kiwanians who work with them. You’re strengthening the Kiwanis family’s continuing status as a leader in building the next generation of service.