Dedication to safety

  At Boys & Girls Clubs of Glasgow-Barren County, 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 do not tolerate inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct. From strict adherence to policies and guidelines within Club facilities and staffing structure, to equipping young people with the critical thinking and social-emotional skills to make healthy, safe choices, ensuring Club members are safe is the first step to their success.

For the young people who enter the doors of a Boys & Girls Club each day, we offer safe, inclusive spaces and experiences that empower members’ learning and growth. 

  • background checks

    All Club employees and board volunteers must undergo a comprehensive criminal background check upon hire and annually, and all volunteers (including minors) who have direct, repetitive contact with children must also receive an annual background check. The requirement also applies to staff and volunteers from other organizations who may work in local Clubs as part of a partnership or collaboration. Boys & Girls Clubs of Glasgow-Barren County collaborates with one of the industry leaders in delivering FCRA-complaint information, VeriScreen, to provide affordable, fast access to the most comprehensive screenings available today.

  • training

    It is a membership requirement that all staff and volunteers of local Clubs are trained annually on the local Club’s required comprehensive safety policies. Additionally, all Club employees have access to a variety of innovative safety trainings from BGCA and through partner organizations. Clubs participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted through seminars, conferences, webinars and a semi-annual safety symposium. We also engage leading third-party safety experts to provide guidance for our policies and approaches, including Praesidium, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the National Children’s Advocacy Center. Clubs are required to prominently display key safety resources information, including the Crisis Text Line, a confidential text message service for youth, and Child Safety Helpline.

  • Immediate reporting

    All our organizations are required to immediately report critical safety incidents to law enforcement, regardless of severity to local authorities immediately. Within 24 hours, they are also required to report to BGCA.  This enables the national organization to provide timely support and resources to ensure kids are safe. If child abuse is suspected our CEO will begin the investigation process with any and all resources our local emergency response teams as necessary. For more information regarding our policy and procedures, please reach out to your local Club.