Redwoods' Safety Newsletter
Implementing Family Reference Checks
Family reference checks are a key layer of protection in preventing child sexual abuse when hiring staff or volunteers. Talking to a family member can give you deeper insights into an applicant’s background and may help to identify patterns in their behavior that isn’t evident through criminal background checks and professional references alone. As your organization hires for the summer, read our complete resource on why family reference checks are so critical to implement.
Safety Sound Bites: Observations from the Field
In our "safety sound bite” series, we focus on timely observations our consulting team is seeing in the field. This week's new topics include:
Providing Training to Returning Lifeguards: As lifeguards return to work during spring break, summer or from other absences, we discuss the importance of making sure they receive adequate training to ensure they have practiced their skills and are ready to respond to any emergency.
Preventing Breath Holding Activities: With breath holding activities still being common practice among swim teams, athletes and military personnel, we discuss the importance of intervening and stopping breath holding to prevent swimmers from experiencing shallow water blackout.
Recent Podcast Episodes: Aquatic Safety
In our most recent podcast episodes, Kevin and Paige sit down with special guests to discuss key topics in drowning prevention.
Listen, share and subscribe today.
Safely Operating Spring Volunteer Days at Camp
The spring is a common time for camps to host volunteer days. Not only are they a great opportunity for camps to prepare for the summer, but they also give alumni and current families the chance to connect and engage with your camp’s culture. We have compiled a resource of considerations when hosting these programs in order to keep all volunteers safe.
As camps and other youth-serving organizations begin to prepare for the summer, it is critical that inspections are scheduled and completed for all ropes courses, climbing walls and elevation risks. These inspections will ensure the equipment is ready to use safely this summer.
Hosting Outside Groups & Programs
When hosting outside groups, a level of unpredictability and risk is introduced to your organization, including child sexual abuse. That’s why it’s important to have policies in place that hold outside groups to the same standards of care and safety as your internal teams. Review our complete resource on safely hosting outside groups and programs.
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