Child Safety Procedures
Child Safety at the YMCA of the Inland Northwest
At the YMCA, the safety and well-being of children in our care always has been our top priority. Creating safe environments where children can learn, grow, and thrive is essential to the YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s ability to strengthen community.
What We Do:
- All staff and volunteers are run through the national sex offender registry.
- All staff and volunteers are run through the WA State Patrol background check in addition to a criminal background check for every county they have lived for the past 7 years.
- All staff and volunteers are required to sign the Code of Conduct which speaks to child safety protocols and child abuse prevention.
- All staff and volunteers are required to do Child Abuse Prevention training upon employment and every year thereafter.
- Child Abuse Prevention is included in the New Employee Orientation
- Background checks are rerun for staff and volunteers every two years or if they return after a 60-day absence.
- Child care staff are required to attend 10 hours of mandatory trainings annually, undergo background clearance (renewed every 3 years), and fingerprinting through Dept. of Children, Youth & Families.
- All members and guests over 18 years old at YMCA facilities are screened through the National Sex Offender registry.
All staff are mandatory reporters of any alleged or perceived child abuse (to CPS and law enforcement). Any violations of our Child Abuse Prevention policies are investigated promptly and thoroughly to ensure we provide a safe environment for the children we serve.