At the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, we are committed to do everything we can to protect children physically and emotionally. We create spaces where children feel safe and supported where they can learn, play, make friends, discover who they are and find a place where they belong. This mean we all play a roll in educating ourselves and our community about child abuse prevention.
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All YMCA staff receive a thorough screening process which includes background checks, drug tests and Child Abuse and Neglect Clearance through Alabama DHR. In addition, all staff complete annual training that includes recognizing, reporting and preventing child abuse.
Members, Guests, Participants
We also screen all members, guests, and program participants against a national sex offender registry to allow us to continue to provide a safe, welcoming environment for every person at the YMCA of Greater Birmingham.
The YMCA of Greater Birmingham requires all volunteers to complete a screening procedure that includes background checks, Child Abuse and Neglect Clearance through Alabama DHR, and training on Child Abuse Prevention.
As a YMCA and community:
Simple Tips for Keeping Children Safe https://www.fivedaysofaction.org/know-see-respond
Be an Active Bystander https://www.fivedaysofaction.org/copy-of-safe-adults-1
You don’t need to have proof that abuse is occurring to make a report, only reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion means that you have witnessed maltreatment or boundary violations, either in the child and/or adult, or you have received a disclosure from a child about abuse, neglect, or boundary violations towards them. Child sexual abuse reports should be made to the police and/or state child protective services.
Contact the Darkness to Light Helpline by calling 866-FOR-LIGHT, or texting LIGHT to 741741. Questions will be answered by trained counselors at no charge. *Information Provided by Darkness to Light
All Y team members are recognized as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse under the State of Alabama laws and are therefore required to report any suspicion of abuse against those who participate in programs at the Y.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to the Executive Director at your branch or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.