Our commitment to the safety of our youth members, Club staff, volunteers, and community partners is paramount to the work we do every day. Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster creates engaging, fun, socially stimulating environments in which kids can grow into their fullest potential, and we do that by cultivating a culture of safety at every level.

Culture of Safety:

Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster continually examines and updates our safety policies and practices. We provide regular trainings designed to promote child safety and well-being: physical, mental, and emotional.

Safety Policies:

Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster has comprehensive safety policies in place that protect youth:

  • Supervision
  • Transportation
  • Communication
  • Hiring Practices
  • Comprehensive Trainings
  • Etc.

Mandatory Background Checks:

Mandatory criminal background checks are both a requirement of Pennsylvania and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Leadership staff and Human Resources review these records on an annual basis for all staff and board members. In addition, criminal background checks are required for any routine volunteer who has direct contact with children. All potential employees and volunteers are also checked against the National Sex Offender Registry.

Mandatory Reporting:

Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster staff and volunteers are all mandated reporters. We are required to report any critical incident or safety concern to local authorities immediately. We are also required to report any such incidents to Boys & Girls Clubs of America within 24 hours.

Safety Committee:

Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster has both a Board-led Safety Committee and a staff Safety Committee. Our Board-led Committee provides input and guidance on our safety policies and practices.

Mandatory Employee References:

Any future employee interested in moving from one Boys & Girls Club to another must undergo a reference check from any and all previous Clubs, even if the Clubs are within the same community.

State and Local Laws:

We comply with all federal, state, and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.

Safety Partnerships:

Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with leading experts in safety, security, and technology to develop solutions for Clubs. Partners include, but are not limited to:

Resources for Parents and Families:

Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnered with RAINN: the nation’s leading organization dedicated to abuse prevention, awareness, and response, to provide family resources to support abuse prevention. You can find links to those resources HERE.